Infection Control: COVID-19
Dear valued patient:
In an effort to support national efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, our practice is taking the following steps to help assure your health and well-being and that of our community
- We are following directives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a way to limit patient and staff exposure to this virus.
- Your health, and the health of our dedicated staff, matters to us, so going forward we will suspend all non-emergency care for three weeks.
- Patients will be seen only for urgent and emergency dental needs.
We are now seeing all our patients for routine treatment. If you are already scheduled for a dental appointment, we will contact you the day before your appointment to discuss your health status, health screening protocols and confirm whether the appointment should be kept. Of course, please call us right away if you have a dental emergency or need immediate care. The safety and well-being of our patients continues to be our primary concern. We will continue to monitor the status of COVID-19 nationally and within our community and keep you up-to-date regarding our plans to reopen for business as usual.
Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We can be reached by phone at 310-530-3100 or by email to [email protected](our system is undergoing upgrades, please call to confirm e-mail address) and will respond as soon as we can. Thank you.
Infection controls and universal precautions protect clients and staff alike. Everyone benefits from rigorous infection control; you, your dentist, and the dental team. The cornerstone of a good and safe dental practice is trust. Please feel free to discuss this topic with your dentist.
At St. Francis Dental our entire team follows procedures recommended by several federal agencies: the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). These measures include:
- Medical grade disinfectant hand soap. St. Francis dental uses VioNex
- Gloves and face masks
- Operatory counter tops are kept uncluttered to prevent contamination. St. Francis Dental does not use counters as storage. We are mindful of aerosol particles.
- Chemical disinfection of counter tops and surfaces. St. Francis Dental uses Cavicide.
- Sterilization of all equipment before every use
- Disposable materials
- Biofilm elimination within dental hoses. St. Francis Dental uses Citrisil and shocks hoses daily.
- Weekly professional testing of our sterilization equipment. St. Francis Dental uses EMS sterilizing monitor service
- Amalgam Separator http://water.epa.gov/scitech/wastetech/guide/304m/index.cfm
We sterilize all reusable equipment, including dental hand pieces. We use an autoclave, a device that kills bacteria and viruses by steam, heat and pressure.
The best defense against disease is information. The more you know, the better equipped you are to make wise decisions about your health care. The more you know about our daily procedures and policies, the more comfortable you will feel.