How is our office responding to the Corona Virus?
As the outbreak of coronavirus progresses, my dental practice continues to monitor CDC updates, and utilize aggressive strategies to combat the spread of pathogens within our clinic. Long before the coronavirus(Covid-19), my office implemented temperature screening on all patients as a response to the 2018 Ebola outbreak. We have always utilized touchless technology, such as touchless garbage cans and touchless hand sanitizers. Furthermore, our hand sanitizers not only utilize the standard ethanol alcohol but also include a very potent disinfectant, benzalkonium chloride. Our operatory water is treated with ultraviolet light to destroy pathogens. Furthermore, air in our clinic has always been scrubbed with three separate hospital grade filtration systems. Additionally, our clinic air is treated with 3 separate ultraviolet disinfection units.
While none of the above strategies is required by the government, my office believes that the benefits have always been well worth the expense.
Things you can do to help out in this situation. Avoid large crowded spaces. Wash hands frequently and avoid touching your face. Please cancel your dental appointment if you do not feel well and avoid contact with others. Inform all clinicians if you have traveled out of the country recently.
Finally, please remain calm despite the ever present hysterical alarmists. As a health care provider, we have direct contact with the CDC and health authorities concerning the latest updates. With respect to the coronavirus, increased morbidity is primarily associated with the elderly population and patients with a preexisting health condition.
Philip J Syribeys, DMD FAGD FICOI