At Smith Dentalworks, we have always stayed up to date with the latest sterilization protocols to protect everyone who enters our dental clinic. Following recommendations from the American Dental Association (ADA), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and other trusted organizations allows us to ensure that we are practicing dentistry as safely as possible. As we reopen, this is more important than ever.
Here are some of the ways that we clean and sanitize our clinic:
For the most part, we are either continuing our existing safety protocols or enhancing them to provide additional protection. There are some new methods that we are also implementing. This includes adding medical-grade high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters to all operatories. We also have new procedures for dentist appointments that include social distancing policies, symptom screening, and virtual appointments when possible.
There are many actions that we have always taken in order to sanitize our office.
Hand washing and other aspects of hand hygiene are some of the most important factors in reducing the spread of harmful microorganisms. We have always taken this very seriously and our team follows strict protocols for when and how to wash their hands.
Safely disposing of sharps reduces the risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens. We continue to follow CDC guidelines for sharps safety.
When possible, we use single-use products and dispose of these safely after use. If this is not an option, we use an autoclave to sterilize all instruments and devices using heat.
Along with the sanitary measures we have always taken, we are enhancing or expanding some of our existing protocols.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Wearing proper personal protective equipment (PPE) helps keep our personnel and patients safe. Our existing guidelines include wearing gloves, masks, and eyewear. We have added face shields, head coverings, and longer gowns.
Hand sanitizer is available throughout the dental clinic. We have added more locations for added convenience and ease of use.
Cleaning and Disinfecting
Cleaning and disinfecting the office has always been a priority. We use hospital-level disinfectants that have been registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In addition to operatory areas, we have expanded our cleaning and disinfection to cover even more surfaces throughout the entire office.
Minimizing the spread of aerosols is especially important due to COVID-19. We have reviewed our procedures and technologies to further protect our patients and team. We are using additional High Vac intraoral and extraoral suction devices during aerosol-producing procedures.
Safe and Trustworthy Dentistry
Our priority is ensuring your safety, comfort, and wellbeing while supporting you in improving and maintaining your oral health. Although we are making some changes to how we operate, this principle remains the same and will continue to guide our decisions. We look forward to treating you in the safest way possible.