Infection controls and universal precautions protect clients and staff alike. Everyone benefits from rigorous infection control — you, your dentist, and the dental team. The cornerstone in a good and safe dental practice is the element of trust. You should feel free to discuss this topic with Dr. Hubbard or any of the assistants and receive a straightforward answer.
Dr. Hubbard and our entire team follow procedures recommended by several federal agencies: the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). These measures include:
- Disinfectant hand soap
- Gloves and face masks
- Chemical disinfection of countertops and all surfaces
- Sterilization of all equipment before every use
- Disposable materials
We sterilize all reusable equipment, including dental hand pieces. We use an autoclave, a device that kills bacteria and viruses by steam, heat and pressure.
The best defense against disease is information. The more you know, the better equipped you are to make wise decisions about your health care. The more you know about our daily procedures and policies, the more comfortable you will feel.
COVID Precautions and Information:
Your safety is our main concern, and we are currently taking several precautions to keep you and your family safe. Your dental appointment will look a little different at this time.
You will notice that our office is currently locked, in order to enter the office you will have to be screened. This includes a questionnaire, temperature reading, and a COVID treatment consent.
When you arrive for your appointment, text or call our office and we will meet you at your car to take your temperature.
We have installed HEPA filtration air purifiers throughout our office. We also sterilize our waiting areas, door handles and counters multiple times per day. Our patient rooms are sterilized after each patient.
To adhere to social distancing requirements, we are only allowing the patient (and one guardian if under 18) in the office. We will only have 2 patients (more is possible if from the same family) waiting in the waiting room at any given time, and only 2 patients in the operatory area. Because of the limited amount of patients we are seeing, we will not be able to accept same day cancellations. Same day cancellations and no shows will be subject to a cancellation fee and/or dismissal from our practice.
Our dentist and assistants are wearing several layers of protective equipment, including but not limited to: mask, face shields and protective gowns.
If you have any questions or concerns about your appointment, feel free to call and talk to one of our friendly staff members.