We Keep Things Safe
The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has heightened everyone’s emphasis on cleanliness and infection control in their daily lives and at the places they go for help, especially help to stay healthy.
We understand that your dental health is important to you. It’s important to us, too. You trust us to keep you safe, as well as healthy. And we will do whatever is necessary to keep that trust, especially now. We would never jeopardize the health of you or your family members, whether or not there is a pandemic.
Because we do care about each and every patient, Northern Colorado Periodontics follows rigorous guidelines for sterilization at all times, everywhere in the office. We use FDA-approved reusable tools and up-to-date dental sterilization techniques for cleaning them, including steam sterilizing, chemical sterilizing, a dental autoclave, and others. When available, we use sterile disposable instruments — in single-patient packages – and discard them once the package has been opened.
We pay the same level of attention to the furniture and permanent structures in the office, We disinfect all stationary equipment and structures, including our dental chairs, after each patient, and we do the same on a routine basis for the furniture and counters in our lobby.
We Listen and Comply
In response to the particular characteristics of COVID-19, even stricter guidelines have been published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have been diligent in staying informed of these recommendations and incorporating applicable standards into our practice. The experts at the CDC are the most reliable source of evidence-based guidelines for infection control available to us.
The American Dental Association is also monitoring the COVID-19 situation, and we rely on them as well. Guidance from the ADA is specific to the unique environment and unique needs of dental practices. Their advice is geared to keeping patients and dental workers as safe as possible while still allowing us to provide high-quality, professional treatments.
We at Northern Colorado Periodontics are staying up to date on all of the key directives for dental facilities, in order to be certain that our services are as safe for you as they can be.
We Do It Every Day
We are doing everything we can to provide you and your family a safe dental experience. We follow CDC hand-washing guidelines: disinfectant soap on hands and arms up to the elbow, with hot water for at least 30 seconds. We wear medical-grade masks and disposable gloves, which are discarded immediately after any procedure. If, in our professional judgment, we think even more protection is necessary, we may don a gown, foot covers, and head coverings, as well. Of course, these articles will also be discarded once they have been used.
Protecting our patients also involves caring for ourselves. You can be confident that our staff members will not be at the office if they are ill, and our policy is that staff members who think they may have been exposed to the virus should get tested as soon as possible. Staff members who test positive for the coronavirus will not return to the office until they are cleared to do so by their doctor.
Still have some questions or concerns? Feel free to contact us. And if you or a family member doesn’t feel well, we would appreciate your re-booking your appointment. Safety is our highest goal.