Are you ready for things to get back to normal? COVID-19 has caused the entire global population to change the way people learn, work, and interact. As states begin to ease restrictions and dental offices start to reopen, you may find yourself ready to get back into your normal routine of regular checkups and cleanings, but before you do, you should understand the necessary changes your dentist in Garland is making to ensure proper health and safety for all staff and patients. Read on to learn about the 4 things you can expect to be a bit different when you arrive for your next appointment.
Pre-Screening When You Call
What exactly is a pre-screen? This is a process your dental team will employ to determine if it is safe for you to seek treatment. When calling to schedule an appointment, not only will you discuss insurance and availability, but you will also be asked a few questions about your current health and if you’ve displayed symptoms related to COVID-19 in recent weeks. If proven to be healthy, you will be assigned an appointment time.
A New Kind of Arrival Process
Your emergency dentist in Garland will now require you to wait in your vehicle when you arrive for your appointment. Known as a “virtual waiting room,” this ensures minimal contact with other patients and keeps you from having to visit the front desk to “check-in.” Instead, you will alert the staff when you arrive and will be escorted to your treatment room when it’s time to come in.
Staying Protected During Your Visit
Don’t be surprised when you walk in and see staff members wearing personal protective equipment (PPE). Your dentist and dental hygienist will likely be wearing a disposable gown, protective eyewear, a face mask, gloves, and a face shield, if necessary. No matter the type of treatment you will be receiving, PPE helps to keep both you and the team safe from potentially harmful germs and bacteria.
Increased Sanitation Efforts
It’s important that every patient enters a treatment room that is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. Although you may not witness the process, once you leave, your dentist will be quick at work to disinfect the chair, door handles, overhead light, surfaces, dental instruments and equipment, and any other frequently touched areas.
While these are just a few of the many safety measures your dentist is taking to keep you safe, you can trust that they are going the extra mile to ensure a seamless and successful reopening. Although things may look different for a while, by working together with your dental team, we will all be able to get through this together.
About the Practice
At Orbit Dental, we are preparing to reopen our doors and begin seeing patients for general checkups and cleanings and elective treatments. While things may look a bit different and the process proves more timely, these added precautions will ensure everyone has a healthy and safe visit. Our team will go over all the necessary steps you’ll need to take before your arrival, but if you have any additional questions or concerns, please visit our website or call (469) 277-2727.