Patient Safety Protocols in response to COVID-19Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety. We have, as an office, always poised ourselves ahead of the infection protocol curve and will continue to constantly update and adjust our procedures. Contact Us
For Your SafetyInfection control has always been a top priority for Village Dental and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.
Exceeding Recommended GuidelinesVillage Dental follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.
You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:
COVID-19 Pre-ScreeningVillage Dental will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office. We will also be taking the temperature of all patients upon arrival.
SanitizerWe have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
Waiting RoomYou may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines and so forth since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
AppointmentsAppointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
Patients & GuestsWe will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time. Unless you are a legal guardian or caretaker, we ask that you come alone to your dental visit or have your guest wait in the car.
Personal Protective EquipmentWe have upgraded our uniforms and other PPE to protect you and ourselves.
Air PurificationWe have installed HEPA filtration systems to cleanse the air, and other initiatives to ensure a healthy environment.
When in Doubt, Stay OutIf you feel feverish, have shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, a cough, or any other flu-like symptoms, we do ask that you contact the office so we can reschedule your upcoming visit.
We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call or text Village Dental at 201-440-9190.
What Can Be Done to Avoid COVID-19?
Since there is no vaccine for COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2, preventing exposure to the virus is the only real defense currently available.
How does the COVID-19 virus spread through the population?
The transmission of COVID-19 usually happens directly between people. This typically occurs because of respiratory droplets from talking, sneezing, or coughing in close contact (within six feet) of other people. These aerosolized particles can come into the body by way of the mouth, nose, or eyes, and can also cause infection when inhaled directly into the lungs.
Please know that a person can be contagious without having symptoms.
The novel coronavirus can also be transmitted by touching surfaces where respiratory have landed and touching your face afterward.
What can I do to protect myself against the virus?
Here are the recommended ways to prevent being exposed to COVID-19:
- Be sure to maintain a distance of six feet from other people when in public.
- Wash your hands frequently. Ensure you are doing it the right way.
- Use hand sanitizer if you have no access to soap. Your hand sanitizer should contain at least 60% alcohol.
- Try not to touch your mouth, nose, or eyes without having washed your hands beforehand.
- You should be sure to wear a mask or cloth face covering when out in public.
- Cover your mouth whenever you cough or sneeze.
- Make sure to clean and disinfect frequently.
How can someone know if they have COVID-19?
The symptoms of COVID-19 could be severe or mild. Common symptoms of COVID-19 to be aware of include the following:
- Difficulty breathing
- Body and/or muscle aches
- Loss of sense(s) of smell or taste
- Sore throat
- Nausea or vomiting
- Runny nose or congestion
What people are most vulnerable to this virus?
Even though anyone can have serious complications from COVID-19, the ones who are in the most danger are those over 65 years old as well as people who have preexisting medical conditions, as in the following:
- A serious heart condition
- Individuals who have immunodeficiencies
- Chronic lung disease
- Liver disease
- Chronic kidney disease
- People who are severely obese
If I think I’ve caught the virus, what should I do?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides a website with recommended guidelines to follow and a self-checker, should you believe that you may have the virus.
Can the Chance of Some Complications of COVID-19 Be Prevented by My Dentist?
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people want to keep from leaving the house whenever possible and are avoiding any potentially unnecessary appointments. But is it wise to postpone dental checkups and cleanings due to the risk of catching COVID-19?
The British Dental Journal published a paper recently which suggests the opposite.
The links between the health of our mouths and the overall health of our bodies—the oral-systemic connection—is something dentists have known for a long time now.
In Victoria Sampson’s paper, she looks into how many of the COVID-19 virus’s more serious complications could be tied to oral bacteria.
What are the complications connected with the novel coronavirus?
Some of the most frequent, dangerous complications of the virus are:
- ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome)
- Septic shock
- Blood clots
The complications of the virus are actually more likely to result in death than the actual virus. Though COVID-19 is a virus, these complications are the result of bacteria. Studies are showing that eighty percent of patients in the ICU have elevated levels of harmful bacteria, necessitating antibiotic treatment. When it comes to the severity of COVID-19 infections, this information indicates that bacteria play a big part.
How are complications of COVID-19 connected to oral health?
Oral bacteria have a relatively high chance of making their way into the respiratory tract. The same types of bacteria in gum disease can cause or worsen illnesses like pneumonia or sepsis.
This is where good oral health and hygiene come in. The transfer of harmful kinds of bacteria between the lungs and mouth can be reduced by taking care of your mouth. Some studies have discovered that better oral health can lower the risk of ventilator-associated pneumonia in ICU patients, as well as help, prevent bacterial superinfection.
Don’t put off going to the dentist!
While it may be scary to have a dental visit during COVID-19, this actually is the best time to make sure that you’re in the best oral health you can be in. Having good oral health is not only in the best interest of your overall wellbeing, it may lessen your risk of COVID-19-related complications.
If you’re overdue for a dental appointment or have a dental issue you’d like looked into, call Village Dental to schedule your next visit.