Our Safety Protocols Monmouth County NJ
Learn more about how we minimize the spread of infection and the risk of COVID-19 transmission
Hi from all of us at Champagne Smiles,
As we start to develop what our “new normal“ is going to look like, we are developing guidelines for seeing patients who need low risk procedures. Any procedure that will generate significant aerosol is still considered to be a higher risk procedure and therefore only being done on an emergency basis for the time being.
We may have lost the touch, but we have not lost our human touch. Regretfully, I will not be able to shake hands or give a friendly kiss to my patients like I’ve become so accustomed to doing.
As we have done since the beginning of this pandemic, we remain available for virtual video consultations for anyone who has a concern whether not you’ve ever been to our office.
Be well and stay healthy,
Check-In and Check-Out Process
- Patients will be asked to fill out a COVID-19 health questionnaire 36 hours before their appointment.
- The COVID-19 health questionnaire will be completed again when patients arrive for their appointment. It will then be completed again 48 hours after their appointment to truly ensure that our patients and staff are kept safe.
- Patients will be asked to stay in their car until we are ready to escort them directly to a treatment room. A staff member will meet the patient at their car where they will take their temperature as well as a pulse oximetry reading. Our reception area will not be used and no one aside from the patient will be allowed to enter the building, except in the case of children and special needs patients.
- Patients will be required to enter the building wearing a face mask.
- Only one patient will be allowed on each side of the office at a time, and separate entrances will be used for the two different sides of the office.
- To practice proper physical distancing, we will utilize two call center workstations that we built on our second level. We have clear protective countertop guards for front desk interactions.
- We have invested in new technology to make our office paperless for patients. This means that all patient forms and payments will become electronic. All of the forms that are necessary will be available on our website. The goal is for none of us to have to handle papers.
- We have installed a new state of the art air purification system for the entire office. It will eliminate from the office air all viruses, bacteria, and fungi.
- Our office now has a shower for any staff that wish to shower before they leave the office.
- We have installed a dishwasher to be sure that all cups, plates, and utensils are properly cleaned.
- Four separate suction devices will be used anytime we perform an aerosol generating procedure on a patient. This will virtually eliminate the possibility of any ambient aerosol.
- Treatment room doorways have clear plastic coverings to reduce airflow out of that room while it is being used.
- After using an operatory, it will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.
- Fogging machines that spray HOCL are now part of our disinfection process for the office. HOCL is a very effective disinfectant that is so safe you could literally drink it!
- After these steps have been completed, we will then place a UV/ ozone generating unit in that operatory to thoroughly disinfect it.
- A handheld UV light wand will be used to disinfect items like keyboards, calculators, telephones, etc.
- All staff will enter the building wearing a mask and start the day by filling out the COVID-19 health questionnaire, having their temperature taken, and getting a pulse oximetry reading.
- Our clinical staff will wear appropriate PPE as well as airtight goggles and N95 surgical respirator masks
- Patients will be asked to wear a mask the entire time they are in the office until it is time to begin treatment.
- They must leave the operatory with their mask on and either wash their hands or take a squirt of Purell.
We have made our office the safest environment that it can possibly be by far exceeding any current recommendations from the CDC, ADA, or the Governor’s office.
As you can see we take the safety of our patients, our staff, and our community very seriously.
We will continue to stay on top of the current research as well as any new recommendations from the CDC, the American Dental Association, and the Governor’s office.