Innova Family Dental is now open and serving all patients with restorative and preventive dental care in Bolingbrook. You may be wondering if it’s safe to see the dentist during COVID-19, and we understand. So read on, and get all the information you need about how we’re protecting our patients and our staff during the “new normal,” at Innova Family Dental.
Social Distancing At Our Office
Social distancing remains one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious viruses. We have taken steps to reconfigure our office and keep patients at least six feet apart from each other, and we have removed items like pamphlets, magazines, and other commonly-touched objects to minimize the risk of spread.
In addition, we are asking that you come alone to your appointment if possible, to keep the number of people in our office down. We are staggering patient appointments throughout the day to minimize patient-to-patient contact. In addition, patients must answer questionnaires about recent travel and potential exposure to COVID-19 before their appointments.
Regular Cleaning & Disinfection Of Common Areas
We are now regularly cleaning all commonly-touched surfaces multiple times throughout the day. This includes surfaces such as door knobs, counters, tables, chairs, bathrooms, and other such areas. Using an EPA-registered cleaning agent, our team ensures that all of these surfaces are safe and free of any potentially harmful pathogens.
Hand Hygiene & Proper PPE Use To Minimize Cross-Contamination
We have always followed all OSHA, CDC, and ADA requirements and recommendations for preventing cross-contamination between patients. This includes hand washing before and after treating patients, before putting on and removing gloves, and after touching any surface that may be contaminated.
We are also wearing PPE such as gloves, masks, and eyewear when treating patients, as well as gowns and head coverings when necessary. All PPE is removed before leaving the work area. Disposable PPE is immediately disposed of in the area, and reusable PPE is left in place until it can be appropriately reprocessed. By leaving all used PPE in the area, the risk of cross-contamination is dramatically reduced.
Operatory Sanitation And Equipment Sterilization
After seeing a patient, each dental operatory is completely cleaned and sanitized according to all required standards to remove any potentially infectious microbes from hard surfaces. All used dental tools are properly sealed, removed, and disinfected in an autoclave to ensure that they are completely safe and sanitary for use. We maintain complete and accurate sterilization records that meet all state and local requirements.
Respiratory & Cough Etiquette
All staff have been trained on proper respiratory and cough etiquette, such as sneezing or coughing into the elbow, disposing of tissues safely, and sanitizing hands after exposure to a cough or a sneeze.
Come To Innova Family Dental To Get The Dental Care You Need In Bolingbrook!
We take your safety very seriously at Innova Family Dental, and we’re taking every step we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus. So don’t wait. If you have any other questions about the steps we’re taking to protect you and your family or you want to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kandimalla, feel free to contact us online or give us a call at (248) 767-3184.