Back in the days before the coronavirus pandemic, your dental team would clean their tools, wash their hands, and put on a fresh pair of gloves to prepare for your appointment. However, to keep patients and staff healthy and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, much more goes into preparing for your visit than before. In fact, numerous extra precautions have been added to normal dental safety protocols in Weatherford to safeguard your wellbeing. Here are six ways your Weatherford dentist prepares for your dental appointment during COVID-19.
1.) Extra COVID-19 Training for Team Members
To stay as informed and up to date as possible on the pandemic, each team member has completed additional COVID-19 awareness programs. This extra training helps prepare them for providing you the safest and healthiest treatment possible.
2.) Designated Safety Champion
A safety champion is a team member who is designated to guiding a dental practice’s Commitment to Safety. They ensure all health and safety protocols are being followed and are available to answer any questions.
3.) Daily Team Member Health Checks
Every day before they begin working, team members have their temperatures checked and are asked a series of questions. This ensures everyone is ready and able to provide safe dental care.
4.) Change Work Clothes at Work
The coronavirus can live on a wide variety of surfaces for anywhere between a few hours and a few days. To prevent spreading germs through clothing, team members change into and out of their newly cleaned scrubs inside the office.
5.) Extensive Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
COVID-19 is spread and received through the mouth, nose, and eyes. A variety of personal protective equipment is used to keep staff and patients safe. A few examples include N95 masks, face shields, and disposable coats.
6.) Rigorous Cleaning & Disinfecting
Dental practices have always been some of the cleanest environments in the country thanks to their strict sanitation protocols. Every non-disposable dental instrument is sterilized with heat, pressure, and other CDC-approved methods, while every surface, switch, and doorknob is cleaned with hospital-strength disinfectant regularly.
COVID-19 has changed many aspects of what “normal” everyday life looks like, but it hasn’t changed your Weatherford dentist’s dedication to your overall health. If you need to come in for treatment for your smile, you can feel confident that you’re walking into a safe, clean, and fully prepared dental office.
About the Practice
Our team at Cosmetic & Family Dentistry of Weatherford cares just as much about your general wellbeing as your beautiful smile. We have always taken sanitation and infection control protocols seriously, and to keep our patients and staff healthy during COVID-19, we have established 24 extra steps to promote an even healthier environment. If you’d like to learn more about them, or if your smile needs treatment after weeks in quarantine, don’t hesitate to contact us via our website or at (817) 594-3806.