How Are We Keeping Our Dental Office Safe From Coronavirus? Find Out Now!

Now that the COVID-19 coronavirus lockdowns have been eased in some states including South Carolina, dentists like Dr. Joel Darrah at Buckwalter Dental Care are beginning to see patients for routine visits and dental care again. 

Wondering how we’re keeping our staff and patients safe from the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus? In this blog, we’ll discuss a few of the steps we’re taking to ensure that you can get the dental care you need in Bluffton without risking your health.

Proper Sanitizing Practices Based On OSHA, CDC Guidelines

We have always practiced universal infection control precautions at our office to keep our patients healthy. This includes:

  • Disinfecting treatment rooms and public surfaces daily

  • Changing gloves and wearing masks between patients

  • Sterilizing all instruments and tools between uses

  • Disinfecting common areas of rooms daily

  • Changing plastic barriers as required by OSHA and CDC guidelines

We’ve stepped up our sanitizing practices further, though, and are now disinfecting common surfaces, door knobs, and other such commonly-touched objects every few hours to help destroy any lingering bacteria or viruses.

Social Distancing & Patient Responsibility

If possible, we ask that you wear a mask into our office before your appointment, and avoid arriving early. We’re spacing out appointments to minimize the number of people in our office at once.

We have reconfigured our waiting room to provide at least 6 feet of distance between patients who are waiting. You may also wait in your vehicle for your appointment, if you wish.

In addition, we’ll be screening patients to look for patients with flu-like symptoms, a dry cough, fever, or any other sign of COVID-19 coronavirus. We also ask that you reschedule your appointment if you have traveled outside of the US in a high-risk COVID-19 area within the past 14 days. 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) For Staff Members & Patients

We always wear masks and safety glasses during each appointment to minimize the spread of aerosolized particles, and can also provide our staff with face shields for further protection.

In addition, we are using dental dams for more operations at our office. These rubber dams isolate individual teeth, and help minimize the spread of saliva particles that could contain viruses like COVID-19. 

Infection Control Training For All Staff Members

We have provided all of our staff members with detailed training on infection control in preparation for treating patients during the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis, and are taking steps to prevent cross-contamination and the spread of any virus in our office. We’re following best practices recommended by the WHO and CDC to keep our office clean and safe, and make sure you get the best possible care.

Contact Buckwalter Dental Care For A Consultation Right Away

If you need dental care in Bluffton, Dr. Joel Darrah and the team at Buckwalter Dental Care are here to help, and are dedicated to keeping you safe from COVID-19 coronavirus. To learn more and schedule a consultation, just contact us online or give us a call at (843) 815-3232.

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