Visiting the dentist during the COVID-19 pandemic may cause you to experience some anxiety. You may be wondering if you are allowed to visit the dentist or if it is even safe for you to do so. Fortunately, it is! The team at Thornton Dental Care wants you to know that NO ONE in our office has caught COVID-19 – staff nor patients. In fact, we are really proud of that as thousands of patients have walked through our doors.
Many dental offices closed for a short time when the pandemic first started in hopes, along with the rest of the country, that the virus would go away. When it didn’t, dental offices started opening back up because, let’s face it, patients need dental care. Since dental offices did open during the pandemic, it is plausible that infected patients did come into the office, but neither did the patient nor the dentist know. With that in mind, Thornton Dental Care is happy to say that there have been NO reported cases of COVID spread through a dental visit. In fact, The Lancet published a study that showed that there have been NO clusters of any airborne disease, including COVID-19, to spread in any dental office in any part of the world to date.
Dentists are known for taking infection control measures to protect their health, the health of their patients, and the health of you. Below, you will find some additional steps that the team at Thornton Dental Care is taking:
- We do not allow any unnecessary individuals into the appointment
- We have temperature checks in place
- If any staff or patient has any COVID-19 symptoms, they are not allowed in the office
- We have limited how many patients come in at a time
- We meet weekly to discuss COVID-19 and any new developments or research
- ALL dental staff wear protective equipment such as masks, eyewear, gloves, hair covers, disposable gowns, and face shields
- We practice social distancing and have limited the number of people in the waiting room at a time
- Plexiglass has been installed in areas to limit contact
If you are due for a checkup or you have a tooth bothering you and you want to visit our office, you can do so with confidence knowing that we are taking all the right steps to protect your health.
Dental Procedures for Aerosol or Splatter
Not all dental procedures are free from some type of splatter, also known as aerosol in the dental world. People who catch the coronavirus do so because they fail to wear eye protection or masks, and this then leads to them breathing in the virus or droplets getting into their eyes.
The term aerosol describes a fine spray of water, which is what is used in a dental office along with air. Aerosol that contains the virus is better known as an infected aerosol and if you come into contact with it, you can contract the coronavirus.
While not all dental procedures create an aerosol, there are some that do such as root canals, fillings, and similar procedures. During a dental procedure, both air and water are used in conjunction, which dilutes the aerosol. Because of the dilution, infection is rare.
If you need to have a dental procedure done that does result in aerosol, we will perform a COVID-19 test, free of charge, prior to the procedure being done.
Schedule an Appointment with Us Today
If you would like to schedule a dental checkup with our office or if you would like to learn more about the COVID-19 precautions we are taking, do not hesitate to reach out to Thornton Dental Care today.