Committed to Safety
One of the concepts we prioritized when designing our new dental clinic in Elizabeth was integrated infection control and sterilization procedures.
Our rooms are designed to remove harmful bacteria and viruses from the air and are utterly sterilized between patients. Your family can be assured of a medically sterile environment for even the simplest of dental cleanings!
Our staff is trained in standards and practices regarding COVID Safety that go above and beyond CDC guidelines.
If you want more detail, click on Deep Dive below:
DENTISTRY IS SAFE in the COVID-19 era.
[Don’t believe the media folks that are telling you to avoid dental care during the pandemic. It has been demonstrated that dental health suffered during the time dental clinics were closed in March-May. Periodontal disease and decay got worse. Many fractured teeth went untreated resulting in eventual tooth loss.]
Dentistry has been very successfully carried out in the COVID era. Several studies on dental practices have found that fewer than 1% of dentists have caught COVID nationwide, and dental practices have not been shown to be a COVID-spreading environment.
Dentistry itself has a long history of improving safety in the face of infectious diseases. It’s funny to think now, but when I went to school, no one wore gloves or masks. I was one of the first in my class to wear safety glasses! We only sterilized oral surgery and endodontic equipment. All the mirrors, explorers, etc. for routine dentistry were cleaned and then soaked in Zepherin Chloride, the “bug bath”!
Then in the 1980’s, new concerns surrounding HIV/AIDS changed things. Gloves and masks became required and as time went on everything had to be autoclaved. Eventually, lab coats or gowns became compulsory. With those changes, we successfully treated patients through AIDS, Hepatitis A, B, and C, flu, SARS, MERS, Bird Flu, and all the rest of the seemingly yearly mini-pandemics.
Today with COVID-19, we have elevated our safety protocols even further. N95 and type3 masks, full gowns, face shields and head covers are all being used for the majority of procedures. We permit only one person to accompany a patient and only if required. Verbal and health screenings are carried out the day before and on arrival at the clinic, where your temperature is checked. You will be asked to use a mouthwash before treatment, and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before and after treatment.
The design of our new building was actually informed by the ideas I’d already developed over the years for maximizing infection control efforts in a dental clinic. We planned the building and began construction before COVID-19 hit. It has become a very fortunate design feature of our clinic, for our patients and ourselves.