At Deering Dental your safety is a top priority and we’ve always gone beyond the standard protocols, but now that COVID19 is affecting our community we’ve taken several additional precautions to keep you safe. If you would like to learn more about the steps we are taking to address PPE (personal protective equipment), air and water purification, surface decontamination and sterilization, I’ve created a few videos and written detailed explanations of all the steps we’ve taken so you can feel confident about scheduling your appointment.
Dr. Yenile Y. Pinto DDS
PPE is what we wear to keep our patients and ourselves safe. Fabric, masks, and gloves have always been the standard in personal protection gear but now we’re adding more equipment–and changing them out more frequently.
Patients don’t have to worry about being exposed to other people’s germs during a visit. We wear gloves, gowns and masks that are changed after every patient so as not pass anything on unwittingly. Plus we now wear face shields over our standard safety glasses for added protection!
Patients are pre-screened via a questionnaire for COVID19, before any appointment. Patients and team members alike have their temperature checked to ensure they’re healthy enough to enter an office environment.
Air and water quality
COVID19 is a virus that spreads through the air, and to mitigate risk in our office we installed high-quality HVAC filters and purification systems for clean air. For water quality control, we use purified water on all dental instruments so bacteria can’t grow in any dental water lines.
What are aerosols?An aerosol is the fine mist that is created when certain dental procedures are performed. This mist is of concern because because it can contain germs and contaminants from a patients mouth.
Air Purification System
We have installed a state of the art Air purification system in our office. This new system uses HEPA filters and UV-C light to cleanse all air four times an hour, catching down even .3 microns as well as killing viruses using ultraviolet rays.
The dryshield is like a suction device that goes in your mouth during procedures. It captures most of the mist created before it ever leaves your mouth, lowering the risk of aerosols, and so you also don’t have to worry about water collecting in your mouth as dental work is being done.
Our office air is now purified 4 times an hour and we’ve installed MERV13 filters in our HVAC system. These are not only able to filter dust, allergens, but also germs and viruses.
Water is water right? WRONG, using unfiltered water can lead to bacteria in dental water lines. To keep you safe, all our water is ultra purified on-site using a system of reverse osmosis, UV light filtration and ozone infusion. Our water lines are also disinfected regularly and samples are lab tested to confirm cleanliness. This guarantees water purity and water line cleanliness.
Our on-site system uses reverse osmosis to ultra purify all water, along with ozone infusion andUV light filtration. All water lines are disinfected and lab tested regularly to confirm cleanliness. This guarantees you the highest quality H2O for both drinking and any dental needs.
Why do we use ozone infused water?
Ozone has been used in dentistry since the 1930s and is a natural oxidizer. The Kentucky Dental Association states, “using ozone infused water can protect you from aerosol contaminants produced by high-speed instruments and water spray.” In addition to cleaning up these particles — which poses no risk of infection if they are captured by our dry shield or higher velocity extraction units during procedures such as filling cavities with mercury—ozone also leaves only oxygen and clean air behind.
Sterilization and Surface Decontamination
We wipe down all surfaces in every room and disinfect them before each appointment. We also replace any plastic barriers that might be present with new ones to ensure the safety of our patients, providing an ultra-fine mist treatment for even more surface protection during your visit.
Sterilization is a process in which we use to ensure that the instruments are clean and safe for patients. All instruments go through an ultrasonic cleaner, then placed into special sterilized wrappings before going inside of the Tuttnauer autoclave machines where they’re heated under tremendous pressure from steam or chemicals like ethylene oxide gas. We send monthly test samples to make sure our equipment is functioning properly so everyone can enjoy coming here without any worries!