Be prepared for several changes. The waiting room will have limited chairs, a plexiglass barrier for the front desk, and no magazines, children’s books, video games, or treasure box. Ideally, each patient should enter and be directed to the operatory with minimal time spent in the waiting area.
Our front desk staff will be equipped with face shields, masks and gloves. Our dentists, dental assistants, and dental hygienists will have personal protective equipment (PPE) consisting of a bouffant cap, isolation gown, booties, face shield, N95 mask or equivalent, and non-latex nitrile gloves.
Air purification systems have been set up in the front waiting area, operatories, and back office to help clean and circulate the air. Extra-oral evacuation systems and Purevac intra-oral suction devices have been obtained to minimize aerosol production from aerosol-generating procedures as much as possible. An extended period of time will be required between patients in order to allow any aerosols to settle before implementing proper infection control protocols. This downtime will be determined by the Ministry of Health and the RCDSO.