A lot of time, thought and safety equipment upgrades have been made to ensure that new and returning patients of Dr. Baker, as well as our own staff, are safe during routine exams, cleanings and other procedures. We enacted these measures based on recommendations from the American Dental Association (ADA) Return to Work Interim Guidance Toolkit.
Here are a few of the safety initiatives we’ve put together to make everyone feel comfortable at our office:
Screening—You will be asked a series of questions about exhibiting common symptoms before your appointment and upon arrival. Your temperature will also be taken prior to admittance. If you are feeling at all unwell, please consider rescheduling your appointment.
Cleaning—We will be wiping down areas such as the counters, clipboards, chair rests and other high-touch areas thoroughly after each patient visit, just as we have always done. The fish tank is still bubbling away, but we’ve eliminated magazines and other communal objects. There are a few seats available for those who must wait in the lobby, but the staff requests people either come alone or have people wait outside.
Masked—Dr. Baker and the hygienists will wear masks and shields when performing procedures, while the front staff will use masks. This is for our health and safety as well as yours. If you are being treated by one of our hygienists, a cone-shaped suction apparatus will be used by the patient to help block any fluid or air particles from scattering during a dental process.
Scrubs—All staff changes into or out of scrubs and “office wear” at the start and end of each shift. That way, we leave anything that might be a contaminate at the office and also don’t bring in anything from outside.
Purified—In each room and the front office, HEPA air purifiers have been installed to help clean and clear the air. Hand sanitizers stations are set up around the office for convenience and safety.
Thank you for understanding and working with us to keep everyone safe during this unique time. If you have any questions, please call us at 586-992-9222.