May 08, 2020
Before the COVID-19 pandemic turned our world upside down, dentistry was a lot different. Virtually all that your dentist in Rowlett had to do to get ready for your appointment was washed their hands and put on a new pair of gloves and a fresh mask. But due to COVID-19, that’s no longer enough. Instead, your dentist has to take additional safety precautions to keep them, their staff, and all of their patients safe from infection. Here are a few of the steps your dentist is taking to ensure your safety and health.
Having a Safety Champion
Each day, a different member of your dental team will be randomly chosen to be that day’s designated “safety champion.” This person will be in charge of fielding questions, greeting patients, enforcing social distancing rules, and generally monitoring the practice to make sure everyone is being as safe as possible.
Performing Daily Health Checks of the Staff
As soon as your dental team arrives at the office in the morning, their temperature will be taken to make sure they don’t have a fever. In addition, they will be required to answer some questions about their recent health and whether they are displaying any symptoms that could be COVID-19. If so, that staff member is promptly sent home.
Changing into and Out of Work Clothes at Work
In the past, you may have seen your dentist or hygienist still wearing their scrubs while out and about, such as at the grocery store. That isn’t the case anymore. Recent research has determined that when healthcare professional changes into their scrubs at home and then drives to their workplace, germs from the home can then be brought into the office, potentially infecting other workers as well as patients. Instead, your dental team will be changing into and out of their scrubs at work.
Wearing Additional PPE
A face mask and a set of gloves aren’t enough to completely minimize the chance of infection at the dental office. The team will also be wearing extra personal protective equipment (PPE) such as double face masks, shoe coverings, face shields, and even surgical gowns if need be.
As a healthcare professional, your dentist in Rowlett takes your health and safety very seriously. That’s why they have implemented all of these additional precautions to lower the risk of infection from germs, including those that cause COVID-19. For more information on how your dentist is making their practice as safe as possible, visit their website or give them a call.
About the Author
Dr. Keane Fedosky has been a dentist in Rowlett, TX since 1992. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Baylor University the year prior. He is a Fellow with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, as well as a member of the American Dental Association, the Texas Dental Association, and the Dallas County Dental Society. His practice takes all the safety measures described in this post to keep their Rowlett patients safe. To learn more, visit their website or call (469) 299-8462.