The COVID-19 pandemic seems to have upended our lives overnight, affecting the way we go about our days, work, communicate, and socialize. In the early days of the pandemic, dentists were advised to cancel non-urgent visits and procedures. After a while, however, American Dental Association (ADA) and the CDC started recommending that the dental teams weigh the situation in their area and ensure maximum safety as more and more states reopen.
Here at North Pointe Dental Associates, home to the best Tampa dentists, we are taking every precaution to ensure the safety of our patients. With our extensive safety measures in place, we are able to continue providing services in cosmetic dentistry such as teeth whitening, enamel reshaping, as well as general dentistry. Read on to find out everything you need to know about your next dentist appointment and how it is affected by COVID-19.
Safety measures we put in place
In order to ensure safety, we implemented measures that go beyond the mandated measures. Here is a quick overview of the measures in place:
- Fogging of all offices between patients
- UV Filtration systems
- Mask use
- Social distancing in the waiting room
- Patient screening
- Temperature checks of patients and staff
- Plexiglass shields
- Increased PPE equipment
- Hand-washing station
Before your appointment
In order to guarantee social distancing, we pay special attention to the way we schedule appointments and limit the number of people in our waiting room. We implemented patient screening into our routine, and all our patients fill out a quick questionnaire before each appointment. If you prefer, you can fill out the questionnaire in your car, so give us a call when you arrive, and we will provide you with a disposable pencil and the questionnaire to fill out.
While you wait for your appointment
If you are already a patient, you will notice a few changes that have happened since your last visit. We rearranged the furniture and marked the seats to ensure social distancing. Taking the temperature has already become a standard practice, and we do it when we arrive at the office and when each patient arrives.
At your appointment
Another thing that changed is the equipment we believe all dentists in Tampa should wear. This includes masks but also face shields and gowns.
After your appointment
We make sure to fog all operatories between patients. To do this, we space out the appointments so our personnel can make sure everything has been disinfected and all operatories fogged. This helps us avoid potential transmission and ensure perfect safety for every patient.
Call us today!
As states slowly reopen, everyone is starting to regain their sense of normalcy. And with that come the non-urgent dental procedures, from tooth enamel reshaping to whitening treatments. However, keep in mind that the appointments are spaced out, which means fewer time slots are available than before, so make sure to schedule your appointment on time.
Call us today at (813) 961-1727 to schedule your next appointment, or you have a question or concern about dentist appointments during COVID-19 you want to discuss with our personnel.