November 7, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has put safety and sanitation at the front of everyone’s minds. From grocery shopping to family celebrations, many aspects of our lives have changed in order to keep ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities healthy. If your routine checkup is on the horizon or if you need dental work, you may be wondering just how safe it is to visit your dentist. Thankfully, your Collins dentist has established a wide variety of new infection control protocols to ensure you’re visiting an impeccably safe dental office if you need to visit during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dentists Have Always Been Experts at Infection Control
Long before the COVID-19 pandemic, dentist have always employed numerous measures to keep patients safe from illnesses like the common cold and the flu. These steps have only gotten stronger during the pandemic:
- Increased PPE: Dental teams have always worn gloves and masks, but now they also wear face shields, disposable coats, and shoe coverings.
- CDC-approved instrument sterilization: Now and always, dental professionals are sterilizing every tool they use with sanitation methods provided by the CDC.
Your Smile Is in Capable, Clean Hands
Proper hand hygiene is essential to prevent the spread of germs, especially in dentistry. In addition to regular handwashing, your team has prepared for your visit with:
- Daily health checks: Every team member’s day starts with a no-touch temperature check and health questionnaire to ensure they’re ready and able to provide safe dentistry.
- Regular, thorough office cleanings: All instruments, equipment, and surfaces are disinfected after every patient, and the entire practice is deep cleaned every evening.
Safety Starts Before Your Appointment
To make sure you have a safe dentist appointment, you may be offered:
- Extended appointments: Completing more work in a single visit eliminates the risk of multiple exposures.
- At-risk patient hours: If you are at a higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19, you can visit during hours specifically dedicated to treating at-risk patients.
- Teledentistry: In some cases, your dentist may switch your in-person visit to a virtual appointment to minimize your exposure.
Practical Steps for Social Distancing in the Dental Practice
Several precautions have been put in place to make social distancing a practical reality in the dental office, including:
- Sequenced appointments: Now, there’s more time for cleaning and physical space between patients.
- Virtual waiting room: To minimize your contact with others, you will be asked to check in for your appointment from the comfort of your car.
These are just a few of the many new safety precautions and infection control protocols you may notice if you need to visit your dentist during the pandemic. Remember, great oral health is important for your overall wellbeing and immune system, so don’t let COVID-19 make you delay caring for your smile.
About the Practice
Dr. Shiloh D. Lindsey of Aspen Dental Care has been serving the smiles of Collins and the surrounding communities for nearly two decades. The health and safety of her patients and staff are her top priorities, which is why she’s established a wide range of COVID-19 safety protocols in these unusual times. Every precaution is designed to safeguard your wellbeing during your visit so you can maintain your happy, healthy smile. To learn more, she can be contacted via her website or at (970) 482-3166.
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