A dental appointment during these unprecedented times, with the presence of the Covid-19 in our communities, we understand that going to the dentist might be a bit challenging and scary. Nevertheless, dental conditions like caries, gum disease and broken teeth won’t stop becoming a real problem because we need to quarantine. We want you to know that with all the safety precautions taking by dental professionals your dental home is one of those safe places that you can visit.
At Ambiance Dental Family we want our patients to rest assured as we are taking all necessary precautions and have placed extra steps in our infection control protocols for you during this pandemic. Dr. Luquis and our team care about your safety and have been working hard to prevent the spread of infection.
Here’s what you can expect:
When you arrive for your appointment you will be asked to wait in your car to avoid crowded waiting areas. This will reduce the number of people in the office and reduce the amount of time you’re close to other people. Once you are called to come in for your appointment you will be asked a series of questions about your current health to ensure that patients arriving for their appointments are healthy. You may notice that we might also call you before your appointment and ask you the same questions. These questions are repeated to make sure nothing has changed.
We also ask that you 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 treatment room alone while their parents wait outside during their appointment.
During your Appointment
Please be sure to wear a mask to your appointment. When you enter the office, you will be asked to sanitize your hands and will also have your temperature taken.
This is why it is very important to be on time to your appointment as it takes time in between to complete screenings and disinfection processes.
Prior to entering the examination room, all surfaces, such as the dental chair, dental light, drawer handles and countertops, have been cleaned and disinfected, wiped and sprayed. Additionally, you will see some equipment with protective covers, which are replaced after each patient.
Non-disposable items like the dental tools are cleaned and sterilized between patients. Disposable dental tools and needles are never reused. Infection control precautions also require all dental staff involved in patient care to use appropriate protective equipment such as gloves, masks, gowns and eyewear when needed, as well as surgical caps. After each patient, disposable gloves and masks are thrown away.
Before seeing the next patient, everyone on the treatment team washes their hands and puts on a new pair of gloves. You may also notice our staff using more and/or different protective equipment than before. This could include different masks, face shields, gowns and goggles. These additional precautions help protect both you and the staff.
Once you leave our office:
We ask you to report any changes in your medical status as soon as you know. For the benefit and health of our team, other patients and our community it is very important that if you start presenting Flu-like symptoms, have any Covid status changes or think you were in contact with someone that has tested positive to Covid-19, in the days before or after your appointment to let us know. Your personal information will be kept confidential.
If you ever want to know more about our disinfection procedures, do not hesitate to let us know.
Your well-being is important to us. We know the importance of keeping up with your dental cleanings as it affects every system in our body. We are here to help you stay healthy and keep you safe while doing so.