Dental offices are and always have been some of the safest spaces for treatment. The profession has been well aware of proper infection control practices for many, many years.
The fact is, nobody likes change. We settle into a routine with our care, and we’d prefer to keep it that way. However, none of us can control circumstances that necessitate change, so we have changed some of the ways in which we practice so we can maintain safety for us and for you.
There was a similar situation in the mid-80s when the AIDS virus was identified. As an ’86 graduate, my new training mandated gloves, mask, or protective eyewear. I adapted to the new level of PPE back then, as I will eventually adjusted to the new mandates Covid-19 dictates today.
Our use proper PPE, use pre-procedural rinses, and the installation of high evacuation systems, will help us remain safe during this pandemic and beyond.
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every person in every state, and I think it is safe to say that all of us are having the same troubling thoughts that you might be having.
So now, we must practice to the highest levels of infection control, not because we have evidence of the virus in aerosols but because we don’t have evidence that it is not transmissible in the aerosols that come from our patient’s mouth. As a result, we also mandate that our patients wear masks except for when their actual dental procedures are occurring. We take your temperature, ask you to rinse with Chlorohexidine and wash your hands before we take you back for your care.
Our patients need us, and the care we provide helps them live a healthier life. We feel it is a noble calling. So please don’t be afraid. Contact us to keep up your oral health care.
Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC
ZoAnna Bock, MS, DMD
Hanna Orland, DMD
Howard Abrahams, DDS
290 Carpenter Drive, 200A
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road
Chamblee, GA 30341