Birmingham Eastern Family Dental News
INFECTION CONTROL

A message to our patients During these unprecedented times, we would like for all of our current and future patients to know that your safety is and always has been our top priority. Currently, our office is open to you for all of your dental needs and we would like for you to rest assured that we will follow the most current guidelines set forth to ensure that our office remains a safe place for you to receive dental treatment. Our team has always meticulously followed infection control guidelines, however, with the emergence of Coronavirus, we have implemented even more ways to prevent the spread of the virus and keep our patients safe. One of the most noticeable changes that you will see in our office is the utilization of an extra-oral dental suction system. This device functions to remove aerosols created during dental procedures to ensure a clean working environment. Within the extra-oral suction system, there are 4 layers of medical-grade filtration, which includes a primary filter, a general sterilization filter, a UVC sterilization filter, and a H14 HEPA filter. In addition to maintaining standard infection control procedures and the usage of the extra-oral suction during dental procedures, we have also implemented the following safety measures: Requiring all guests in the reception area to wear a mask/facial covering No mask, no entry Temperature checks for patients and non-patients entering the office Anyone with a temperature exceeding 99.9 will be asked to reschedule their appointment Anyone not needing dental treatment or not serving as a guardian to a patient are asked to not enter the office Placement of several HEPA/ionizing air purification systems throughout the office Another way to ensure that any viruses and bacteria in the air are quickly neutralized One last change that happens behind the scenes is the usage of an atomizer to disinfect the entire office on a regular basis. This is done with an EPA-registered, hospital grade disinfectant that eliminates viruses and other pathogens in the air. Everyone has a role to play in ensuring that the spread of COVID-19 as well as other viruses and bacteria is kept to a minimum. With all of our safety precautions in place, we would like to ask our patients to do their part as well by doing the following: If you, someone in your household, or anyone that you’ve been in close contact with develops a fever or any other symptoms related to respiratory illness, PLEASE STAY AT HOME. We will happily reschedule your appointment for a later date. If you have been exposed to anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past two weeks, PLEASE STAY AT HOME. If at all possible, please print and fill out New Patient forms prior to your visit To access the New Patient forms simply reply to and follow the prompts to the text message confirmation that you receive In order to receive appointment information you will have to have supplied us with your cell phone number and your email address Please arrive ON TIME to your appointment, and not early so as to avoid sitting in the waiting room Please follow all handwashing protocols set forth by the CDC With the always diligent continuation of infection control practices in our office, as well as the implementation of newer technologies, it is our hope that you feel a sense of safety as soon as you step into our establishment. Please feel free to call our office with any questions or concerns that you may have before your visit. We look forward to seeing you soon! -Birmingham Eastern Family Dental Care Team

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