June 19, 2020
You know that you need to have your teeth examined and cleaned every six months, but you may be reluctant to make these important appointments if you have concerns about COVID-19 – whether you’re at direct risk for the virus or are worried that you might end up spreading it to a vulnerable member of your family. Your dentist in Frisco has the exact same concerns, which is why they’ve taken a number of steps to keep their office as safe as possible. Read on to learn how 3 of your COVID-19 concerns will be addressed during your next appointment.
1. Exposure to Other Patients
Many people with COVID-19 are asymptomatic but can still pass the virus on to others. As such, one of the primary concerns of running a dental practice during the pandemic is reducing the amount of contact patients have with each other. This is largely done through sequenced patient scheduling, which simply means allocating more time between individual appointments; simply put, the practice sees fewer patients at a time. That way, there’s less of a chance of you running into someone else on your way in or out. Many practices will also ask you to wait in your car so that you spend less time in the practice itself.
2. Exposure to Dental Staff
Of course, even in the middle of a pandemic, a good dental practice still needs a friendly front desk team, expert hygienists, and other staff members to bring you the high-quality care you deserve. Rest assured that everyone who works at a dental office will undergo a daily health check consisting of a contact-free temperature check and a set of questions that will point to any warning signs of a possible infection. And of course, everyone will wear masks along with other protective equipment as necessary.
3. Infectious Material in the Treatment Room
Even a routine dental checkup often involves aerosol and bodily fluids that could contain viruses and other infectious material. The treatment area should be completely sterilized before the next patient even steps foot in it. There are several steps dentists take for infection control; for example, during the treatment itself, they’ll use advanced chairside suction to reduce the amount of aerosol that enters the air in the first place. Furthermore, everything in the treatment area – from the instruments and equipment used to various surfaces – will be thoroughly cleaned, sanitized, and disinfected at the end of every visit.
Do you have additional concerns about COVID-19 safety? When you schedule your next appointment, don’t forget to ask about additional safety steps the practice is taking as well as anything else you can do to prepare for your visit ahead of time.
About the Author
Dr. Marco Caballeros has always believed in delivering compassionate dentistry, which means treating patients with mutual respect at each stage of treatment. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentistry. Since that time, he has greatly expanded his dental skillset and has remained up to date with the latest developments in dentistry. He takes the safety of his patients very seriously; if you have questions about how his Frisco practice, On Point Dentistry, is addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, reach out to him through his website or by calling (972) 418-8461.
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