COVID-19 Prevention

Methods utilized in office for prevention of transmission of Covid-19

  • Methods utilized in office for prevention of transmission of Covid-19
  • According to recommendations from Center for Disease Control, American Hospital Association, the American Dental Association and the Louisiana State Board of Dentistry, we are changing the way we treat our patients.
  • We are giving each procedure more time to accommodate the extra precautions requested.
  • We are also increasing the time between patients to accommodate the 10 to 15 minutes requested to allow the viral aerosol to settle.
  • Patient temp and oxygen level is taken before being seen and will be asked to reschedule if temperature is over 100.4F.
  • Patient must answer Covid-19 questions before beginning intake process, if necessary, the patient will be asked to reschedule.
  • Patient is given a mask to wear upon entering, unless they have their own.
  • Full size, clear poly acrylic sneeze guards are placed at both patient areas of front desk, and at checkout- financial desk.
  • Current guidelines require all personnel to wear masks (surgical with face shield or respirators) throughout office, and gloves (if direct contact with patient)
  • Pt is brought to treatment room, immediately washes hands. We now utilize a pre-rinse with Ora-Care, as well as a post rinse, and possibly a mid-procedure rinse if appropriate.
  • The employee working on patient (Dr., Assistant, Hygienist, Hygienist assistant) is to be dressed in disposable gowns, appropriate face mask and gloves. Everyone will wash hands between patients.
  • Between patients, all surfaces will we disinfected with appropriate solutions. All surfaces in operatories will be free from clutter. Keyboards and mouse and mouse pads will be covered and covers changed between patients.
  • Taking of xrays will continue to be done in an aseptic manner.
  • Dirty instruments will be immediately handled, wrapped and sterilized. Nothing will be left exposed on triangle unit.
  • All contaminated PPE will be removed before entering lunchroom and front desk area.
  • All patient rooms will be fogged at end of day with appropriate disinfectant.

The above mentioned Covid-19 precautions meet or exceed all current CDC, AHA, ADA and Louisiana Dept of health recommendations.  

Thank you for your patience during these difficult times.

Sincerely, Nelson P. Daly DDS

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