Emergency Dental Visit Infection Control Procedures to Protect You During the COVID-19 Situation

Infection control Paramus, NJ

Infection control has become the top priority all over the globe as the world battles the COVID-19 pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control has established new guidelines for healthcare providers and dentists to follow as they continue to provide services for patients with the most pressing needs.

The coronavirus is an airborne virus that is very contagious. It is primarily spread by infected airborne droplets making contact with a person's nose or mouth. It can also be spread by contamination since it survives on surfaces for up to 48 hours. The virus can be spread even when the carrier is pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic. The combination of all these things makes infection control a challenging feat.

Infection control measures implemented at dental practices

Here are some of the ways dentists are keeping their patients safe during the COVID-19 pandemic:

1. Emergency care only

One of the ways dentists can reduce their risk of being infected with COVID-19 is by limiting the number of patients coming to their practice. Most dental clinics are only treating patients with dental emergencies, like knocked-out teeth, infections, gum disease, broken teeth, loose teeth and excruciating toothaches.

Teledentistry services are now available for patients dealing with non-emergencies. Depending on the patient's problems, the dentist might be able to diagnose them and instruct them on how to address the problem. Limiting dental services to emergencies helps to protect both dentists and their patients.

2. Protective gear

Dentists also use a variety of protective equipment to protect themselves and their staff when performing treatments. Face masks and shields can help to prevent contaminated droplets from getting on the dental worker's mouth and nose. It does not provide full protection against inhaling harmful airborne microorganisms, but it does provide some level of protection.

Using protective gear is particularly important for dentists since some of the tools used during treatments, like ultrasonic scalers, create aerosols that can be contaminated with the coronavirus.

3. Separating patients

Dentists are now scheduling appointments further apart to reduce the number of people at the clinic at any given time. Current social distancing guidelines recommend spacing people at least six feet apart from each other, and this is factored in when scheduling appointments.

Dentists are also giving their patients the option of checking in and waiting for the dentist in their car. This can provide an additional level of protection for patients.

4. Focus on infection control

Dental clinics have shared areas, like waiting rooms, which need to be regularly disinfected to prevent cross-contamination. Many dentists are cleaning these areas after every patient to protect themselves and their patients.

Sanitizing aids, like hand sanitizers, are available in such common areas so patients can sanitize their hands as needed. Keeping the hands clean remains one of the most effective ways to prevent infection.

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Our Paramus office remains open to people dealing with a dental emergency. Call us to find out of you need to come to the clinic.

Request an appointment here: https://paramusdentalarts.com or call Paramus Dental Arts at (201) 845-5533 for an appointment in our Paramus office.

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Neveen ElgawlyNeveen Elgawly
21:51 15 Sep 22
They have a great team, price is very reasonable and excellent customer service. My first time there and it won’t be my last. I highly recommend the place for anyone who is looking for a professional dental practice.
Hady SayedHady Sayed
04:55 22 Jul 22
Super friendly, courteous, & helpful staff. Dr. Olga herself is a fountain of knowledge who's really clear and easy to talk to.
Amy BalrajAmy Balraj
22:53 18 Jul 22
I recently moved to the area and the only reason I keep coming here is because of Dr.Philip. She is extremely personable and gentle. She doesn’t force you to do anything and you’re welcome to ask as many questions as you need. I never wait long and the rest of the staff is extremely friendly. Definitely come to Paramus Dental Arts
Melisa LjekocevicMelisa Ljekocevic
17:17 04 May 22
Such a clean facility! Dr. Anju was amazing, such a pleasant teeth cleaning. Wanda was also so nice, very helpful and informative. Overall, amazing experience. Booked my next appointment already. Definitely recommend.Great atmosphere!
Carlos HernandezCarlos Hernandez
19:24 07 Mar 22
I absolutely love this place. Today was my first time coming here and the experience was nothing but pleasant. The two ladies at the front desk were super friendly and had great personalities. The dental hygienist and the doctor were super professional and friendly and got done everything I needed to get done and guided me on how to get myself to where I want. I will be coming back and this place deserves more then 5 stars! Thank you!