Office Update

To our dental family,

Although the country is getting back to “normal,” we are aware that we are still in the midst of a pandemic and want you to know that our patients’ and team members’ health and safety are still our top priority. 

We are committed to creating the safest possible environment for our team and patients. We’d like to be transparent about our sanitation standards and additional COVID procedures and protocols in order to ease any concerns you may have about visiting the office. Our practice has always adhered to infection prevention protocols set by OSHA, the ADA, and the CDC. 

For your safety:

- Staff will be screened on a daily basis upon arriving at work and asked to stay home when not feeling well. 

- Patients will be asked to kindly reschedule appointments if they are not feeling well. Ideally, we ask for 48 hours notice to better accommodate patients wishing to be seen sooner. Please let us know ahead of time if you know you have been sick.

- We ask that you bring and wear your own mask into the office. Masks are still required in healthcare settings. If you do not have one, a mask will be provided for you. 

- We appreciate you performing hand hygiene upon your arrival (hand sanitizer or soap/water).

- As you arrive, we may ask you to have a seat in our beautiful consultation room to avoid overcrowding in the reception area.

- You will notice our front office team will still be wearing masks and sitting behind acrylic barriers for their protection and yours. 

- Disinfection and sterilization of equipment and rooms is and always has been CDC compliant. As you may have noticed, our recent remodel included a brand new sterilization center. We are happy to show it off at your appointment. 

- We will be using barriers for hard-to-clean surfaces and cleaning and disinfecting all surfaces that are not barrier protected. We use only EPA registered disinfectants that are suitable for healthcare settings.

- Medify air purifiers with medical grade H13 filters have been placed at both ends of our hallway, circulating the air and removing 99.97% of particles. We also have smaller units in treatment rooms where aerosols are produced.

- Our PPE looks a lot different now! We have N95 and level 3 surgical masks available for every team member providing treatment. We will be wearing protective eyewear, face shields and of course gloves. In accordance with our efforts to be environmentally friendly, we will be utilizing reusable gowns that are changed between every patient and laundered at a medical linen facility. 

Oral health is an important component to health and overall well-being. Preventive care has always been the foundation of our practice. Taking care of your oral health is especially important now, maybe more than ever, since oral bacteria may contribute to disease in other parts of the body.

If you have any questions, we are happy to discuss our protocols in more detail. We have worked tirelessly to make sure you feel safe and comfortable in our office. Thank you for your support of our family-owned small business. We feel it is a great honor to take care of this community and we are so excited to continue to provide exceptional dental care in a personalized, comfortable and safe environment. See you soon! 

Keep smiling, 

Drs. Emily & Dustin Dodds and the Team @ Dodds Dental