Explanation of Safety at Flagstaff Downtown Dental

The below is a detailed account of some of the things we are doing to insure a clean and safe environment for our patients:

  • We are overstaffing and under scheduling to allow time and space enough to be sure everything is done in a thoughtful and safe manner. Providing the safest atmosphere possible has always been a top priority at our office
  • Patients will be provided with a Peridex (Antibacterial, Anti-viral) mouth rinse prior to their procedure, as recommended by the ADA.
  • Patients are encouraged to fill out their Health History online.
  • We are covering all writing instruments with a plastic sheath which we replace after each use.
  • All magazines have been removed from their reception area. 
  • The chairs in our spacious reception area are appropriately distanced.
  • The dentists are not interrupting appointments to see other patients.  We are sitting down and not leaving until your appointment is over.
  • Assistants are also staying with the doctor and one patient at a time.
  • We have an extra assistant to bring the dentist materials so that the chairside assistant does not have to get up or open a drawer.
  • We have created an “invisible doorway” between the front office reception area and the back office where the dentists and hygienists work. The dental professionals working on procedures will not be allowed to go back and forth between the front area and the back. We have designated one assistant whose sole responsibility is to go between front and back. The more segmented the office is the safer for everyone.
  • Only patients and their caretaker (if required) will be allowed in the office, no additional family members or friends at this time.
  • Guests of patients can enjoy sitting at one of several outdoor tables and enjoy our beautiful grounds. 
  • The Staff will be using Clorox wipes to wipe down all door handles, chairs, and other common use areas before each patient arrives and after they leave.
  • We are wiping down the patient restroom with bleach after every use.
  • Receptionists are checking with patients over the phone prior to their appointments to make sure that they are feeling well and that they don’t have any symptoms before coming to our office.
  • Temperatures of all patients are being taken when they arrive at the office.
  • Staff is to report immediately if not feeling well and asked to stay home from work.
  • Temperatures of the staff will be taken daily as they arrive at the office
  • We are keeping the windows open, when possible, to facilitate fresh air throughout the building. Our large ceiling fans are on and the ventilation couldn’t be better with our vaulted ceilings, allowing for fresh air.
  • All of the staff members are wearing N95 masks and eye protection at all times when they are in the building.
  • In addition to regular PPE, our staff will be using face shields, a regular mask over the N95 mask, and coats/gowns during all dental procedures.
  • Appointments that produce aerosols will be approved at the doctor’s discretion on a case-by-case basis, as we are trying to limit the amount of aerosols at the office (this includes fillings and crowns)
  • All procedures that require the use of a drill will use a high-speed suction to minimize the potential for aerosols.
  • All procedures that require the use of a drill will utilize a rubber dam to ensure complete isolation and minimize the potential for aerosols. For those of you that have not had the pleasure, a rubber dam separates your teeth from the rest of your mouth to inhibit saliva from being released into the air as an aerosol.  
  • Hygienists will only be hand scaling and will not be using the Ultrasonic scaler for the time being. (The ultrasonic scaler releases aerosols).
  • We feel very fortunate to have a large airy and open office that facilitates ventilation from the dental operatories as well as the reception area.
  • Staff have been trained on the proper way to exhibit “Donning” and “Doffing” of PPE in accordance to OSHA guidelines.
  • Flagstaff Downtown Dental is going above and beyond recommendations to ensure that both you and our staff have a safe and pleasurable experience at our office.

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