Important Information Regarding COVID-19
Helllloooooo everyone! Thank you for reading (or rereading) this as we’ve encouraged. We are fully vaccinated here and oh, so grateful!
PPE is still in short supply though slightly better than a few months ago. Taryn stays on top of our vendors and orders things as soon as we get notice that they have a limited amount of “x” in stock!
From a patient perspective, Taryn & I want to continue to update you on our office policies. Even though the CDC and Governor have modified the guidelines for mask wearing in public areas for those who are vaccinated, these changes DO NOT currently apply to dental and medical offices, per the CDC, ADA, & VDA. Therefore, the following procedures will apply for your visit:
- Taryn will text, email, or call you the day before your appointment to complete a prescreening. Please call us back if you don’t answer our call!! It must be done by 2 p.m. the day prior to your appointment or we will cancel your reserved time and offer it to someone else. We still have a long waiting list to get through. She will ask you if there have been any changes when you arrive for your appointment.
- Consent forms, if you have not done one, must be printed, completed, and brought with you! Taryn will email them to you and they can also be accessed here on the website home page.
- Hand sanitizer is available everywhere in our office, and you will be asked to use it immediately upon entry and before touching anything. 🙂
- Touchless forehead thermometers are used to take temperatures on anyone entering the office.
- All countertops, door handles, pens, clipboards, hand sanitizer dispensers, credit cards, and bathroom (if used) are disinfected between each patient.
- Multiple, medical-grade purifiers with high-efficiency, H-13 HEPA filters and anion generators from Medify Air are running throughout the day, with a 1 hour super-cleanse at the end of each day.
- Dual suctions, including the Re-Leaf, are used on every patient, every appointment, no exceptions.
- All reading material and kids’ books and toys have been removed from our reception area since they are difficult to disinfect.
- We are seeing only one patient at a time unless there is an emergency.
- All patients will perform a pre-procedural rinse with diluted hydrogen peroxide.
- Dental unit water lines are cleaned and shocked regularly.
- We continue to maintain our strict adherence to general cleanliness throughout the office. Anyone who’s been here knows how spotless this office is!
- This is also not something new, but we continue to do weekly spore testing on our autoclave by an independent lab, as well as running tests in each and every load using Class 5 (the highest) chemical indicators.
Given all these initiatives and added constraints, appointment times and options will be more limited, so we ask you to be more flexible with your schedules.
Per the requirements, please:
1.) Call us upon your arrival—please don’t knock on the door. 2.) You must wear a mask throughout the office.
One quick note about the suction devices—obviously dentistry is an aerosol-based occupation and that is how the virus spreads. Thus, one of the new regulations is to use high volume suction devices for ALL procedures, and sometimes multiple devices. Many of you have already tried out these gizmos in my office over the past year because I love them and they truly make it easier for both of us. Though they’ve been met with overwhelming positive response, there’s always a few who aren’t in favor. I know it may be tough, but it is no longer an option NOT to use them. You will have your mouth open–you can still breath through it, or your nose! Nothing will be impeding or blocking your airway. Sometimes you just have to take a minute to get used to it and then it’s easy-peasy from there, but it is mandatory.
We thank you in advance and extend our gratitude for your understanding and cooperation.
Stay healthy & PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE GET VACCINATED! THE SCIENCE IS AMAZING AND REAL. Dr. Dina & Taryn-the-Dynamo