If COVID-19 required you to reschedule a regular dental checkup and cleaning or elective treatment, you’ll be pleased to know that dentist offices throughout the country are slowly beginning to reopen. As a result, your dentist in Richardson is now required to follow additional protocols to maintain the highest health and safety standards. So what does this mean for you? Is it safe to return? What might be different when you arrive? To better prepare yourself for your next visit, here are 4 things your dentist is doing to ensure you have a safe and comfortable experience.
The Use of Personal Protective Equipment
Before COVID-19, you may or may not have heard the term “personal protective equipment.” Also known as PPE, these safety devices make it possible for your dentist to remain protected from germs and bacteria that can cause COVID-19. Do not be surprised to see your dental staff wearing protective eyewear, a face mask and/or face shield, gloves, and a disposable gown. While all staff members are not required to wear all forms of PPE all the time, face masks and gloves will likely be used by everyone working inside the office.
Increased Signage for Patients
When arriving for your appointment, you may notice additional signage posted on windows and doors. These will instruct you on what to do if you have symptoms of COVID-19, proper handwashing techniques, and how to maintain proper social distancing standards. This information is important to ensuring all individuals are aware of the new safety protocols, so the appropriate measures are taken to maintain a safe and clean environment.
Additional Sanitizing and Disinfecting Efforts
You may not realize it but under normal circumstances, your dentist’s office is already abiding by strict sanitizing guidelines. However, because COVID-19 is a highly infectious disease, their efforts to sanitize and disinfect are growing rapidly. From dental instruments and equipment to countertops and all other surfaces, you can feel confident knowing that everything you come into contact with during your visit will be thoroughly cleaned.
When you call to schedule your appointment, you will likely undergo a series of questions about your current state of health. In addition to how you are currently feeling, staff may also ask about whether you’ve exhibited any symptoms associated with COVID-19, including fever, cough, or shortness of breath in the past several weeks. Depending on your answers, you may or may not be able to get an appointment. It is the job of your dental team to ensure everyone who enters their office is healthy and virus-free.
Although you may feel a bit nervous or anxious about your upcoming appointment, remember that your dentist’s office is one of the cleanest places you can visit right now. Trust that your dental team is taking every precaution to provide an environment in which you feel safe and clean from the moment you arrive until you leave to go home.
About the Author
Dr. Meredith Davis attended Texas A&M University, graduating Magna Cum Laude, before going on to earn her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry. As she and her team prepare to reopen their dental office to all patients, they are carefully following the recommendations by the CDC to maintain a healthy, safe, and clean environment. If you or a loved one are searching for a “dentist near me,” contact us at (972) 231-4876 to find out what steps you will need to take before arriving.