The health precautions with orthodontic treatment are changing everywhere in the age of COVID-19
All of us at James Karpac Orthodontics take the transmission of any kind of respiratory infection, including COVID-19, very seriously. We want every single one of our patients to feel safe when they come into our offices for appointments, and this subsequently means we are going above and beyond when it comes to protecting our staff and conducting regular disinfection practices on a patient-by-patient basis.
Check out this video to see our latest aerosol suction technology in action, as well as our staff’s preventative measures including disposable garments and face shields/masks:
There are countless standardized infection control measures that all of us are adhering to throughout the entirety of our workdays and not just when we’re around patients, and some of these measures include the following:
- Performing consistent hand hygiene
- Providing tissues and trash receptacles that don’t require touching
- Offering face masks to patients
- Following routine disinfection/cleaning strategies
- Appropriately sterilizing all tools and equipment
- Using new disposable garments, gloves and face masks with each of our patients
The above measures are of course standard precautions that we’ve been adhering to long before the pandemic, but of course we’re now going above and beyond to do our own due diligence in creating a safe orthodontic treatment environment and providing our patients and parents with the peace of mind they deserve.
On top of all of our standard precautions, we’re also conducting many different types of common sense spread prevention recommendations that include:
- Updating our patients’ medical histories and conducting adequate screening for any type of signs or symptoms of COVID-19 infection.
- Always ensuring that our team members are wearing the appropriate type of eye protection, gloves and masks that are needed for all procedures.
- Frequently disinfecting and cleaning our public areas, including things like chairs, door handles and bathrooms.
We’re also asking that you contact our offices if you have a scheduled appointment within the next few weeks but have been experiencing any of the following:
- Shortness of breath
- Or have traveled to any affected geographical regions within the past two weeks
We’ll be able to discuss your health and what treatment you’ll inevitably require, and if we think it’s safe for you, our staff and other patients in terms of maintaining your scheduled appointment.
We’re also asking our patients to try to arrive promptly on time, as opposed to a little bit early. This is because we want to make sure that you’re minimizing your time in the waiting room, and we’re asking that everyone wear facial covering while on our premises.
Tips To Help You Prevent Spreading Or Contracting COVID-19
The following are some precautionary measures that you can take in terms of doing your own due diligence towards halting the spread of COVID-19 once and for all:
- Frequently and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and keep hand sanitizer on you throughout your daily routines just in case washing your hands isn’t available.
- Do your best to maintain a minimum of 6 feet of social distance while out in public places.
- Avoid touching your mouth, eyes and nose.
- Wear a facial covering while out in public, and don’t forget that re-usable masks need to be washed frequently! We recommend having at least 5 re-usable masks that you can switch between on a daily basis.
- Always stay at home if you’re not feeling well. This includes all types of signs, even minor symptoms.
Reach Out To Dr. Karpac and Our Team To Learn More About Our COVID-19 Prevention Strategies!
We’re doing our part by going above and beyond in ensuring the safety and overall hygiene of our orthodontic treatment services, but we completely understand how you may have questions or concerns for you or your child when it comes to your next appointment.
Always feel free to contact us online or call us at 614-766-0330 (Dublin office) or 614-471-6355 (Gahanna office) to learn more about our public health strategies and how we’re adhering to COVID-19 spread prevention!