Months after dentists’ offices were allowed to reopen, many patients remain concerned about contracting or passing the coronavirus.
We understand, and honestly we were worried too at first. But over time, we have adjusted to doing things differently — and ironically, it’s making us feel normal again.
In fact, studies show that our heightened infection control measures are working. An ADA Science & Research Institute and Health Policy Institute study in June found that fewer than 1 percent of dentists nationwide were “estimated to have a confirmed or probable COVID-19 infection.”
Because dentists and hygienists must get close to patients, enhanced infection control measures are necessary. The survey found that 99.7 percent of dentists were using enhanced precautions.
Coronavirus prevention safety precautions we are taking at our dental office in Grosse Pointe include:
- Requiring staff and patients to wear masks in common areas
- Increased sanitization and disinfecting of furniture and equipment
- Increased timing between patients in the waiting room to facilitate social distancing
- Contacting patients one day before their visits to survey their health statuses, as well as completing the questionnaire once again upon their visit
- Recommending that patients avoid bringing others with them unless necessary for transportation or communication
- Making hand sanitizer available for patients
- Increase in equipment used to help in reduction of aerosols
- Covering equipment that is not routinely used
- Wearing additional personal protective equipment
“Patients are still expressing their concern about coming in and some are therefore avoiding it,” Dr. Jennifer Holtzman said. “But they can feel reassured that stringent safety measures are in place here. Research shows that, because of our efforts, dental offices are among the safest indoor spaces.”
“You don’t need to be hesitant to come in. The truth of the matter is, if you don’t come in, you are putting yourself at risk for more serious dental problems in the future.”
Contact us if you have any questions about our COVID-19 prevention safety measures. We are also here to address any dental concerns you may have. Call our office to make an appointment with Dr. Holtzman, or schedule an appointment through our website.