Seeing The Dentist During Coronavirus: Is It Safe? 

If you need emergency dental treatment in San Diego, you may be thinking about coming to Carmel Valley Dental for an appointment with Dr. Lindsay Bancroft. But is it safe to come to the dentist during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak? In this blog, we’ll discuss a few of the precautions we’re taking at Carmel Valley Dental to protect our patients.

Disinfection And Sanitization

We’ve always followed CDC and OSHA guidelines for disinfecting and sanitizing our operatories between appointments, and we will continue to do so. Between each and every patient, we replace all plastic barriers, remove and clean all tools and replace them with new sets of tools, and clean and disinfect every surface that you or one of our staff members may touch.

In addition, we’ve taken steps to clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces in common areas, as well, such as counters, doorknobs, chairs and tables, and more. We are doing everything we can to eliminate viruses and bacteria, and prevent the spread of all infectious diseases in our office. 

Social Distancing At Our Office 

We have reconfigured our waiting area to ensure that patients maintain 6 feet of separation at all times, as social distancing is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus. 

In addition, we are making sure that we space out our appointments further in the day, to ensure that we minimize the number of people who are waiting in our office at any given time.

If possible, we ask that you wear a mask to your appointment to protect other patients in the waiting area, and to protect our front-office staff. Together, we can help prevent the spread of this disease.

PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)

All of our staff members are wearing PPE such as face masks and glasses to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19 coronavirus. In addition, Dr. Bancroft and our dental hygienists and assistants will be wearing face shields to provide further protection against the spread of infectious disease.

We are also using rubber dental dams for more procedures at our office. These dental dams isolate the tooth that is being treated, such as a tooth that is being trimmed for a dental crown. By doing so, dental dams help minimize the spread of aerosolized saliva particles, which are one of the most common transmission vectors for COVID-19 coronavirus.

Infection Control Training

We have recently gone through a comprehensive infection control training course at our office, to ensure that all of our staff members are equipped to handle the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis, and can take all necessary steps and precautions to minimize the spread of potentially infectious particles at Carmel Valley Dental. 

Need Emergency Care In Carmel Valley? Come To See Dr. Lindsay Bancroft

We’re taking every step we can to ensure that your visit to Carmel Valley Dental is safe, and that you can get the dental care you need without worrying about COVID-19 coronavirus. So if you need dental care in Carmel Valley or elsewhere in San Diego, don’t wait. Contact us right away at (858) 755-3780 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bancroft. 


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