Dear Dentists on Dunbar Patients,
We hope this message finds you and your families well. We have all been through a lot over the past few months with the Covid-19 pandemic. As our province slowly begins to restart the economy, all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal routines. We wanted to bring you up to date with what will be happening with our practice as we prepare to welcome you back.
The provincial government has announced that dental offices may start to reopen. However, it is with very strict guidelines and protocols as set out by the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, Worksafe BC and the College of Dental Surgeons of BC. These guidelines will likely continue to evolve and we will adapt as required. We plan to gradually re-open in the safest way possible and take all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our patients and staff and the community at large. As always, our first priority is to ensure you receive the highest quality of care in the safest possible environment.
Standard procedures as you knew them will be different, and to meet new PPE requirements, our team will look different as well. We appreciate in advance your understanding and cooperation as we navigate our way through these changes that we must incorporate into our daily practice. We have included a list with the changes we will be instituting for your safety and that you can expect to see at your next visit.
Our reception team will begin setting up appointments in the coming weeks, as we await the delivery of the necessary PPE’s. Drs. Book and Davidson remain available by phone for any emergency concerns you may have.
We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Dr. Book, Dr. Davidson and Team
New Safety Precautions
Our reception team will contact you ahead of your appointment to ask you health screening questions and explain the new protocols. We will confirm the screening questions with you again at your appointment.
Social distancing will be observed for caregivers and parents who cannot wait outside
Insurance and financial transactions will be handled in advance and over the phone whenever possible
Arrival will be through the front door, and exit through the rear door
Alcohol hand sanitizer for patients upon arrival and departure
Touch-less thermometer to take all patients’ temperature upon arrival
Portable oximeter to screen oxygen levels before each appointment
Enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocols in clinical and non-clinical areas
Oral pre-rinse for all appointments to decrease viral and bacterial levels prior to
Additional chairside high-volume suction units with HEPA filters to markedly decrease aerosols
Air purifiers with HEPA filters in each room to continually clean the air of viruses and bacteria
Spray disinfection and fogging throughout the entire office several times daily to provide a safe and complete disinfection, including hard to reach places
Personal protection equipment like visors, masks, gowns and caps
Longer appointment times to allow for necessary infection control protocols
We hope this email finds you and your families well. We have all been through a lot over the past few months with the Covid-19 pandemic. As our province slowly begins to restart the economy, all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal routines. We wanted to bring you up to date with what will be happening with our practice as we prepare to welcome you back.