COVID-19: What to Expect At Your Next Dental Appointment.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed a lot of things about our daily lives.
Now we are open and are seeing patients for non-emergency appointments. The American
Dental Association has developed science-based guidance to dentists on extra steps we can take,
in addition to the infection control procedures we’ve always followed, to help protect our
patients and staff. Here’s what you can expect at your next appointment.
Before Your Appointment
Please call us if you feel ill or have a fever and we will reschedule your appointment when you
Please limit the number of people you bring to the appointment. That could mean leaving your
children at home or allowing older children to go into the office alone while you wait outside
during their appointment.
At Your Appointment
Please wear a mask to the appointment or we can provide you with one. When you arrive at the
office, you may wait outside in your car and call us and we will call you in when we are ready
for you. If you need to come inside to cool off, you are welcome to do so. When you enter the
office, you will have your temperature taken and you will be given a mouthwash to use.
Inside the office, you may notice things people often touch in the waiting room – like toys or
magazines – have been removed. We have hand sanitizer available for you to use and we will
wipe down items you touch, such as pens, clipboards or furniture.
When you’re in the dental chair, you may notice some things look different from the last time
you were there. We also be using different protective equipment than we’ve used at previous
appointments. This could include different masks, face shields, gowns and goggles. These
additional precautions help protect both you and us.
We are also fogging the office with electrolyzed water between patients and using HEPA Air
purifiers with ultraviolet light to clean the air in the office.
After Your Appointment
After your appointment is over, the staff will thoroughly clean the areas where you’ve been using
disinfectants that are effective against the virus that causes COVID-19 to prepare for the next
patient. This helps reduce the risk of illness being passed to others.
If you start feeling ill with the symptoms of COVID-19 within 14 days of your appointment, call
the dental office. You may have already been carrying the virus at the time of your appointment,
so anyone who came into contact with you during that time could be at risk for getting sick too.
Remember, regular dental visits are an essential part of your overall heath. Be sure to reschedule
your dental checkups, so we can catch small problems early.