It’s a bit of an understatement to say that many of us are going through a lot of change right now. From how we shop for groceries to the ways we communicate with loved ones, COVID-19 has altered virtually everything about our daily lives. Believe it or not, it has even changed the way your dentist in Houston operates. Although your dentist may have been closed for non-emergency patients for the past couple of months, many of them have begun opening back up for regular treatments like fillings, checkups, and cleanings. Keep reading to learn some of the ways that your dentist will prepare their office for your appointment.
No Magazines in the Waiting Room
Your dentist has removed all magazines, toys, and other activities from the waiting room. While it may make waiting for your appointment to begin a little less exciting, it also makes it significantly safer. Magazines and toys are items that people frequently touch, so they have the potential to be riddled with germs, which may include the coronavirus. Instead, you can simply go on your phone until the dentist is ready to see you.
Normally, your dentist would wear a pair of clean gloves and a fresh face mask for their appointment with you. Unfortunately, that’s not quite enough to ensure a completely germ-free experience during a pandemic. Your dentist, as well as their assistants and hygienists, will be wearing extra personal protective equipment (PPE), such as double face masks, face shields, shoe coverings, and surgical gowns. Wearing this additional PPE will greatly decrease the chances of germs being transmitted from patient to doctor and vice versa.
Your dental office will designate a different staff member every day to be that day’s “safety champion.” That person will be in charge of fielding coronavirus-related questions from patients and making sure everyone is adhering to social distancing guidelines and other safety protocols.
Daily Staff Health Checks
Every day, the health of every dental staff member will be thoroughly evaluated. Their temperatures will be checked, and they will be required to answer several questions about their recent health, including whether they have any coronavirus-like symptoms. If they do, or if they have a high fever, they are sent home.
Your dentist in Houston takes the health of their patients extremely seriously, which is why they are implementing all of these safety practices and more. For more information on how your dentist is taking care to avoid germs, give them a call.
About the Author
Dr. Chad Stapleton has earned a Fellowship with the esteemed Academy of General Dentistry, which means he is dedicated to clinical excellence and post-graduate continuing education. He has pursued a variety of dental topics, such as oral surgery and dental implant placement. His practice follows all of the safety protocols described above and more. To learn more about how his practice works to keep you as a patient safe and healthy, visit Dr. Stapleton’s website or call them at (713) 706-4077.