Important Information Regarding COVID-19

Updated 01/25/2021:   

Helllloooooo everyone! Thank you for reading (or rereading) this as we’ve encouraged.  Taryn-the-Dynamo has now gotten both of her vaccination shots.  We are so very thankful!  Dr. Dina survived a severe case of COVID that closed the office for nearly 8 weeks and she will get her vaccine as soon as all her doctors give her the go-ahead.  

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 how the office has changed and what to expect, based on the rules and regulations we have to adhere to.  Some items of note:

  • Taryn will 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 have a long waiting list to get through.  The prescreen will be repeated upon your arrival for your appointment. (yes, we know this annoys everyone but we follow the rules.)
  • Consent forms 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 in each operatory and on the reception area counter as soon as you enter the office.  You will be asked to use the sanitizer immediately upon entry and before touching anything. 🙂
  • Touchless forehead thermometers are used to take temperatures on anyone entering the office; Taryn & I take our temps each morning upon arrival.
  • All countertops, door handles, pens, clipboards, hand sanitizer dispensers, credit cards, and bathroom (if used) are disinfected between each patient using Certol EPA-approved, medical grade disinfectant (not merely an over-the-counter product or wipe).
  • 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.
  • Operatories undergo two separate disinfection processes between each patient.
  • We have a single trashcan designated as the receptacle for any items used in an operatory with a patient.
  • 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 a dire emergency.
  • We have set up an empty operatory as our ‘triage center’.
  • All patients will perform a pre-procedural rinse with diluted hydrogen peroxide.
  • Dental unit water lines are cleaned and shocked regularly.  
  • This is 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, we will no longer be allowed to have patients waiting in the reception area. You will need to:            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 in recent months, 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.

On a personal level, I am saddened that I won’t get to have the great conversations I’ve had with so many of you for so many years, since the new guidelines want patients in and out as quickly as possible.  I fear new patients will not get to know the kind of dentist I want and used to be. 🙁  Know that my ‘shortness’ of conversation or lack of it isn’t personal and isn’t MY choice.                 

We thank you in advance and extend our gratitude for your understanding and cooperation. Together, we can help keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible. We encourage all of our wonderful patients to continue using this time to get those pesky home projects completed, reconnect with your children and loved ones, reflect on what you find important in life, and nail down that flossing regimen, because I AM still inquiring about your home care!                                                       

Stay healthy & PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE GET VACCINATED!  THE SCIENCE IS AMAZING AND REAL.                Dr. Dina & Taryn-the-Dynamo