Although we have now spent many months dealing with COVID and the changes it has wrought in our lives, it is hard to say we are used to it. People still have concerns and questions, so you may be wondering is it safe to visit your dentist during COVID?
The simple answer would be yes, but that alone is probably not enough to set your mind at ease, so let’s look at what your dentist is doing to keep you safe, and what you can expect on your next visit.
Your dentist is not only committed to your oral health, but also your overall well-being. While they want to see you in their office again, they will only do so when they know it is safe for you, your family, and your young ones. To that end, you will notice some new protocols and procedures, which have been put in place to ensure a safe visit.
To begin with, when you arrive for your appointment, you will be asked to wait in your vehicle until the dentist is ready to see you. Once you are called in, you and those accompanying you will be expected to wear your masks. Visitors are limited, though one parent with children is fine, as is a caregiver if one is necessary.
Entering the office, you will be given hand sanitizer and have your temperature taken, followed by filling in Patient COVID-19 Consent Forms, unless you have already filled them in online. If so, simply inform the staff of this fact. Once you climb into the dentist’s chair, you can remove your mask and will receive an antiviral rinse of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide before proceeding with your examination and any treatment.
Of course, if you experience any symptoms such as fever, shortness of breath, coughing, or flu-like symptoms in the days prior to your visit, it is best to inform your dentist and remain at home to self-monitor.
You may notice less flexibility with scheduling as appointments are more widely spaced to allow adequate distancing and disinfecting between patients. Although your dentist already follows stringent guidelines regarding cleanliness, things have been taken to a new level for the safety of staff and patients alike.
In addition to the above, your dentist and all staff will have their temperature taken and be monitored for symptoms daily. They will also sign a consent form indicating that they are free of symptoms and in good health. Additionally, each team member will be outfitted with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) appropriate to each procedure they perform. As an additional precaution, all operatories have a Pure Air HEPA UV Cleaning System to inactivate airborne pathogens and other microorganisms.
Many things have changed over the past year as we adapt to life with COVID. One thing that has not changed and never will is your dentist’s commitment to providing the absolute best care to patients, following the safest measures possible.