Topeka Dentistry
Carrie Peterson, DDS & Ben Rutherford, DDS

Is it safe to go to the dentist?

October 19, 2020
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Posted By: Topeka Dentistry
Stack of masks on table in Topeka, KS

The current Covid-19 pandemic we continue to find ourselves in, has changed the way many of us go about our normal day. Daily routines were interrupted and simple activities such as sending your children to school, going into a restaurant, or going to the grocery store were stopped, I’m sure many of us never thought the small, simple things in life would feel so comforting. I am comforted by taking my children to the optometrist for their routine exams. I am grateful I no longer must cut my husband and son’s hair. I am very comforted that we can see all our wonderful patients for their routine, preventative dental care.  Our goal has always been to assist our patients in obtaining oral health, and we are honored that our patients trust us to do this.  As the United States and the rest of the world continue to deal with the global pandemic of Covid-19, Topeka Dentistry is taking considerable measures to ensure that our patients can safely receive their comprehensive dental care. 

Is Going to the Dentist Safe?

It is safe to receive dental care in Topeka. We are happy to report that currently there have been no contact tracing reports that show transmission of the coronavirus from dental providers to patient across the country. Dental offices have always had very high disinfection and sterilization protocols. At Topeka Dentistry, we have continued to exceed the professional standards required by dental offices. We are following the additional CDC, KDA, ADA, and OSHA recommendations for practices. 

Safety Precautions at our Topeka Office

We have always used and continue to use hospital grade surface disinfectants. These disinfectants are effective to combat Covid-19. We have increased the cleaning schedule for public use areas (doorknobs, bathrooms, etc). The patient treatment areas meet strict, hospital grade disinfection standards.

All instruments are either disposable or sterilized in a hospital grade, top-of the line sterilizer. These sterilizers are routinely tested, and logs are kept ensuring requirements are met. 
To allow proper social distancing, we work hard to prevent too many patients from being in the building at the same time. Appointments have been staggered to decrease patient flow. Patients are asked to call the office when they arrive, wait in their cars when possible, then enter the building when they can be quickly seated for their appointment. Before entering the building, patients must complete a Covid-19 pre-screening questionnaire, and then upon entry have their temperature taken. While this is not how we wanted our new, beautiful reception area to be used, it is necessary during this time to reduce contact and exposure.

Team members are pre-screened every morning for Covid-19 symptoms and their temperatures taken. If staff members are not feeling well at all they are encouraged to call the office and not come into work. Team members are always required to wear their masks while in the building. During patient care and high aerosol procedures, team member PPE has increased. High vacuum suction is used to reduce aerosols created during regular cleanings, filling, etc. Face shields and N95 masks are in use. 

If patients have concerns involving their individual health risks, they are encouraged to call our helpful team at 785-266-9100 or contact our office online. 

 

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