Our steps to keeping everyone safe

Our office policies and procedures have changed in response to COVID-19. We wish to provide you with as much information as possible before you return to the office. We are so excited to see you soon! Safety for our patients is no more important than the safety of our staff. Here are the ways we hope to keep them safe during the pandemic.

Daily Employee Screening Procedures:

  • Employee Screening Questionnaire completed when the employee reports for duty, to identify indicators or potential exposure to COVID-19.
  • Temperature taken and recorded twice daily

Employees who do not feel well or have a fever are asked not to report for their shift. Any employee that reports to work with a fever, abnormal blood oxygen level, or other symptoms of COVID-19 found during screening, will be sent home immediately. Employees who stayed home or were sent home will be asked to visit their physician and potentially tested for COVID-19. These employees will not report for duty until they can safely do so and are COVID-19 negative.

Personal Protective Equipment used in the office:

  • Surgical jackets or gowns
  • Gloves
  • Face Sheilds
  • Eye Protection
  • N-95 masks

Dr. Hosek acquired sufficient Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), so we have no shortage of the highest-level PPE as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Staff has been trained in the proper procedures for safely putting on and taking off PPE.

Additionally, we have many new safeguards in place to protect staff while serving our patients. Here are some examples.

Staff are required to:

  • Wear masks when entering the building and for the duration of their shift.
  • Wash their hands upon arrival and entry to the building and again before leaving.
  • Follow CDC guidelines for appropriate and safe donning and doffing of PPE
  • Clinical staff must change their clothing and shoes before leaving the building. Their clean shoes and clothing will be stored in appropriate plastic until the end of the shift, then changed into before the employee leaves the premises. Dirty clothing and scrubs worn during shift are to be washed immediately.

Additional Safeguards in place:

  • Patients will be encouraged to make credit card payments online when possible.
  • Elimination of shared pens, workspaces, telephones, and computer equipment.
  • A sneeze guard has been installed at the front desk. The doors to the manager and insurance office will remain closed.
  • H13 HEPA air filters have been installed in every operatory and at the reception area.
  • New “Xuction” dental aerosol reducing suction
  • Utilization of “ReLeaf” HVE system, in all hygiene operatories
  • Our waiting area is closed to maintain appropriate social distancing recommendations.

We are doing everything we can to ensure your safety and the safety of our staff while in the office. The staff may look a little different when you see them at your appointment; we want you to know what to expect. Please let us know if you have any questions or additional concerns.