In Washington, medical practitioners including dentists began seeing patients for non-emergency care beginning on May 18. But you may be wondering if it’s safe to see your dentist at Midtown Dental Clinic during COVID-19. You can rest assured that the team at Midtown Dental Clinic is following all recommendations from the CDC, OSHA, and ADA, as well as the Washington State Dental Association.
Wondering how we’re keeping you safe? In this blog, we’ll discuss a few of the safety precautions our doctors and staff are taking to keep you safe when you visit our offices in Kennewick or Richland for routine dental care.
Firstly, we’re asking any patients who have traveled internationally in the past 14 days or who have shown any signs of fever, cough, or sickness within the past 72 hours to reschedule their appointments to date at least 14 days in the future. We are able to reschedule patients for any reason, so do not hesitate to contact us to reschedule your consultation at Midtown Dental Clinic.
By using these pre-appointment checks, we’re able to screen individuals who may be infected with COVID-19 or any other infectious illness, which keeps our patients and our staff members safe.
We have adopted social distancing regulations in our offices and have reconfigured waiting areas to maintain at least 6 feet of distance between each person. You can also wait in your car after you check-in for your appointment to further isolate yourself from others.
We’re also doing our best to minimize the number of people in our office at any given time by spacing out appointments, requesting that you come alone to our office unless you require assistance, and seeing fewer patients each day.
We have always followed all required handwashing and sanitation procedures outlined by OSHA and the ADA at our office, but we have begun taking additional precautions to keep our operatories and office clean.
Among these steps, we are increasing the frequency of handwashing among all staff and providing patients with handwashing stations, and leaving PPE (personal protective equipment) in the operatory where it was used until it can be disinfected or disposed of properly. Dental team members will also be wearing gowns and other protective equipment to minimize the risk of transmitting any pathogen between operatories.
We have begun frequently sanitizing common areas such as our waiting room and bathroom with an EPA-approved sterilizing agent. Sterilizing doorknobs, bathrooms, countertops, and other frequently touched surfaces regularly will help protect patients and staff members alike from COVID-19 and other such infectious pathogens.
At Midtown Dental Clinic, we’re here to help our patients get the routine care they need for a healthy mouth, even during the COVID-19 outbreak. By taking the above steps, we’re ensuring that you can get the treatment you need without risking your health. Contact our Kennewick or Richland office now to schedule an appointment right away.