News from Dr. Klitzke’s office September, 2020
After studying the Corona 19 Virus, taking infection control classes, researching products and procedures that we reopened our office, making it safe for our patients and Staff. We all ready follow OSHA and CDC protocols , but will be doing more to prevent the spread of this particular virus. When you return here are some of the changes we have made:
When you make your dental appointment, We will screen you over the phone to save you a trip to our office to see if you should be staying home or seeing a physician. I recommend you pick up a thermometer at your local drug store to check your temperature before seeing your dentist or doctor If you are not feeling well or have a temperature of 100 degrees or higher or not feeling well you should call your doctor for advice and not come in for a dental appointment.
1. If you have a fever, coughing, not feeling well or have been exposed to the Coronal virus, call us before you come. To prevent spreading the virus, we will not be seeing patients with Covid 19 symptoms. We will be having all patients complete a short health questionnaire to screen you for Covid 19 virus symptoms and checking your temperature when you arrive for your appointment. It is everyone’s responsibility to seek out medical care if they have those symptoms instead of spreading the virus to others. We will be checking employees for symptoms of COvid 19 and taking their temperature each day when they arrive for work.
2. We ask that you wear a mask or facial covering to our office and maintain social distancing of 6 feet from other patients. You can call us from the parking lot that you are here outside our office so we can limit the number of people in our reception room to two people. You can remove your mask in our dental operatories.
3. In addition to the OSHA and CDC Standards we have already in place, we will be disinfecting toilets, door knobs, faucet and toilet handles, pens, clip boards, light switches and anything that patients have touched to with hospital grade grade disinfectant to protect you and our staff .
4. You may have to be more patient as we clean and disinfect our rooms between patients.
5. When we use our dental high-speed hand pieces and the dental hygiene Cavitron, which create aerosol, we will be wearing KN 95 and N95 high filtration masks and face shields.
6. I have purchased four air filtration units and a portable UV light we can move from room to room that are
efficient in killing bacteria and viruses.
7. You will notice an acrylic protective shield in the dental reception room at the check in counter.
8. Inform us of any changes in your phone number or insurance when you call to make appointments,
9. We have hand sanitizer at the front desk for you to use for your hand when you arrive and we will have you rinse with hydrogen peroxide before your treatment that is effective against viruses.
10. We will be using hospital grade disinfectant on all door knobs toilets, faucets, pens, clipboards, counter tops and other areas that patients touch.
11. We have removed most magazines from the waiting room as they are hard to disinfect.
12. Anything that goes into your mouth will be brand new, sterilized or disinfected for your protection.
13. We may be using a rubber dental dam over your tooth when we do fillings. This soft green flexible rubber square easily isolates the tooth we are working on and prevents splatter of saliva and the water from the handpiece.
14. Even though these safety steps will increase treatment time and it will cost our office more, I do not have any current plans to increase fees. Let us know if there is something else we can do to help you feel safe.
15. We have Special HEPA air filtration units on the office to pull bacteria and viruses out of the air to be ionized in our highly rated Med Air filtration units.
16. The advantage our office has over others, is that we have always treated low number of patients at a time, to personalize care rather than be a high volume of patients office. It is much easier to maintain social distancing in our office with the low number of patients checking in and out.
With the warmer weather, the number of Covid 19 cases will go down and we can return to what will become the new normal. We will get through this pandemic. We can live in fear or hope. I choose to see the light at the end of the tunnel. We will use proven science to work toward solving the Covid 19 issue. Vacines have been promised by the end of 2020. Dentistry always has risen to the challenge of treating patients with HIV and other transmittable diseases and I have 30 years of experience of treating patients safely.
Al Klitzke DDS