Our steps to keeping everyone safe

Our office policies and procedures have changed in response to COVID-19. It is our 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.

We will complete daily employee screenings upon arrival and after lunch. This will be done to identify indicators of potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus.

Daily Employee Screening Procedures:

  • Employee Screening Questionnaire completed each time the employee reports for duty
  • Temperature taken and recorded twice daily (at the start of morning and afternoon shift)
  • Blood Oxygen saturation level screened with a pulse oximeter

Any employee found to have a fever, abnormal blood oxygen level, or who reports symptoms of COVID-19 or any other risk factors, during screening, will be sent home immediately and asked to go to their physician to be tested for COVID-19. They will not report for duty until it is safe for staff and patients for them to do so.

Dr. Hosek was able to acquire sufficient amounts of 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 have been trained in the proper procedures for safely putting on and taking off PPE.

Personal Protective Equipment used in the office:

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

Additionally, we have many new safeguards in place to protect staff once we return to serve our patients. Here are some examples.

All 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.
  • Change their clothing and shoes upon entry to the facility (for start of shift in morning and afternoon). Clothing worn to the office will be stored in appropriate plastic and changed back into when the employee leaves the premises. Dirty clothing and scrubs worn during shift are to be washed immediately.
  • Follow CDC guidelines for appropriate and safe donning and doffing of PPE

Additional Safeguards in place:

  • Patients will be encouraged to make credit card payments over the phone for services rendered, instead of hand to hand transactions taking place at the front desk.
  • A sneeze guard has been installed at the front desk and doors to the manager and insurance office will remain closed while I am in my office and Teri in hers.
  • H13 HEPA air filters have been installed in every operatory and at the reception area.
  • New “Xuction” dental aerosol reducing suction
  • Installation of “Releaf” HVE system
  • When the hygiene department returns to the office, after May 25, 2020, The Registered Dental Hygienists will limit cleaning services to hand scaling procedures. They will not utilize ultrasonic scalers (which are known to produce dental more dental aerosols) at this time. We will postpone the use of ultrasonic units until the order from the American Dental Association, Virginia Department of health or CDC has been given or before more is clear about appropriate safety measures needed to ensure safe use during this COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Our waiting area is closed to patients to protect administrative staff further and allow them to maintain social distancing recommendations.

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