A COVID-19 Update From Dr. Paul Kang and Team
We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. Our office will start to see patients for routine cleanings and elective procedures starting 6/10 Wednesday per state guidelines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.
Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practices to keep patients and staff safe.
Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.
You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff.
- We will be asking patients to arrive 10 minutes early for a screening process. The screening will be done in the patient’s car and our office staff will to go through a questionnaire and measure temperature with a contact-less thermometer. Any patient that shows symptoms of COVID-19 or has the potential of being contagious will be rescheduled.
- We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office.
- The waiting room will be not used to prevent transmission of COVID-19 and all objects that patients touch during entry of the office will be wiped with disinfectants.
- Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients.
- The major route of transmission of COVID-19 is through surface contact. The infection control protocol in our office has always been addressing this route of transmission to prevent transmission of all diseases. All surfaces in the treatment area are disinfected after each procedure.
- Our office has installed air filtration systems that have HEPA H13 filters that would filter particles down to 0.1 microns. The average particle size of COVID-19 is 0.12 microns and will be filtered with our air filtration system. The air in each treatment room will be filtered every 15 minutes and the goal of the air filtration system would be to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 through aerosols.
- Our staff will be using additional high level PPE for safety.
We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 978-440-8177 or visit our website at sudburydentalma.com.
We are also happy to announce that the office has obtained a sedation facility permit from the Massachusetts Board of Dentistry. We will begin to offer sedation for patients who are anxious about dental treatment. Please call our office if you would like additional information about sedation.
Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors, and friends.
Dr. Paul Kang and Team