COVID-19 Mitigation Procedures

 

Welcome back! We are so excited to see all of our patients and be able to resume dental treatment! We appreciate your understanding during these challenging and rapidly changing times. The novel coronavirus has helped to emphasize the importance of the health standards we and so many other dental practices have had in place for years. We are working to meet and exceed current safety standards using the research and advice from trusted health officials in the same ap-proach we take in our practice. Your health and safety, and that of our staff is our primary concern.

Please see below the new measures we are taking as well as those that you may not have been familiar with. For the latest information and guidance, please refer to the Vermont Department of Health healthvermont.gov/covid19 website, the CDC’s COVID-19 situation webpage, or the American Dental Association’s (ADA) website.

Dr. D, Dr. DJ, Dr. B, and the staff at Dickinson Branon Dental Care

 

Patient Management – What to expect at your next appointment

  1. You may be called before you arrive at your appointment and asked screening questions. If you are not feeling well, please call us and we will be happy to reschedule you.
  2. Upon arrival, please call the front desk and let them know you are in the parking lot. Please remain in your car until a staff member arrives to take you through the pre-screening process.
  3. Please have a mask on when the staff member arrives to take your temperature, and ask you a few screening questions before entering the building.
  4. Upon entering the building you must wear a mask, and you will be brought directly to your treatment room and settled there. Our entire team will be gowned up with personal protective equipment, but don’t worry, we are still smiling under all of it!
  5. After your appointment please, re-don your mask before leaving the treatment room as we check you out and schedule your next appointment behind our new St. Albans Glass shields.
  6. Where possible, we may conduct follow up and additional appointments via our HIPAA compliant tele-medicine portal.

 

Personal Protective Equipment – Safety for Staff and Patients

  1. Our staff has been fitted with N95 masks which reduce the particulates generated and passed.
  2. Clean Gowns, Hair coverings and face shields – outer garments are changed throughout the day to reduce cross contamination.
  3. Glass shields are placed between non-clinical staff and patients to facilitate ease of communication and smiles.
  4. Patients are asked to wear masks wherever possible to reduce contaminants in common areas.

 

Building and Engineering considerations – A clean and safe workspace

  1. Fogging – The air in our operatories is decontaminated between patients using a cold fogging machine, a safe and effective method of deactivating aerosolized viruses, as performed by other medical facilities, such as Massachusetts General Hospital’s.  
  2. Filtered Air – Our air filtration system which we installed in 2002 turns over the air in the office every 15 minutes. 
  3. Sterilization – As we have been doing for years, our practice subscribes to the highest levels of standards for sterilization.
  4. General Cleaning – Each opeartory is wiped down with Cavicide wipes between patients as is our standard practice, which kills virus and bacteria within 2-3 minutes.
  5. The operatories are draped with sterile material for each patient to reduce touchpoint contamination.

 

We are working hard to keep everyone safe in this uncertain time. As new information is being released, we are constantly training and working together to implement the safest controls possible. We appreciate your work in this too with social distancing, the use of masks and limiting exposure in your lives. Together Vermont has made great strides, but we are ever vigilant in our practice, and appreciate the effort of the community we live and work in. Thank you! 

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