Coronavirus: Going to Dentist

Coronavirus recommendations from the Dentist

Going to the Dentist during Coronavirus

As the spread of COVID-19 continues, we have received several frequently asked questions from our patients:

Should I go to the dentist if I’m having pain?

Remember, social distancing is key to controlling the spread of this pandemic. A critical component to your overall optimal health is to make sure you don’t end up with dental infections. If you are a patient of record that is experiencing severe pain or believes you have an infection, we urge you to call or message us immediately. Some signs of an urgent dental condition are pain, swelling, or discomfort. Presently, dentists across the US have been recommended to see only those patients with dental emergencies and infections. After a phone call, we can determine the best course of action for you.

Some examples of dental emergencies are:

If you think one of the above conditions applies to you, please call or email us immediately and Dr. Mehta will advise you on the next steps to take.

or give us a call at: 312-372-3323

What precautions are taken to prevent the spread of viruses or any diseases like Covid-19?

Dr. Mehta began her career working in an infectious disease clinic; she is very experienced and knowledgeable in maintaining sterile environments and preventing the spread of disease.

Infection control procedures are actions taken in health care settings to prevent the spread of disease.  At Chicago Loop Dentistry, we have always practiced “universal precautions” which means our approach to infection control is to treat ALL human blood and body fluids as if they were known to be infectious pathogens. This is a stringent policy that we have always taken to the utmost seriousness as health professionals. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommendations for dental office infection control that we also abide by at Chicago Loop Dentistry.

We care about the safety of all our patients, staff, and all visitors to our office so we work diligently to prevent the spread of infection. For example, all surfaces, such as the dental chair, dental light, drawer handles, and countertops, have been cleaned and disinfected.  As an added precaution, we also cover equipment and high-touch areas with protective covers, which are replaced after each patient.

Non-disposable items like dental tools are cleaned and sterilized between patients. Disposable dental tools and needles are never reused. All staff that is involved in patient care use appropriate protective equipment such as gloves, masks, gowns, and eyewear when needed. After each patient, disposable gloves and masks are thrown away. Before seeing the next patient, everyone on the treatment team washes their hands, uses hand sanitizer, and puts on a new pair of gloves.

What about safeguards to assist in flattening the curve related to COVID 19?

In addition to the routine practices above, the design of our office includes barriers between all treatment rooms and sterilization areas. We are also implementing the following safeguards to assist in flattening the curve related to COVID 19:

We are monitoring guidelines on a daily basis and continue to update these precautions as recommended by infectious disease specialists.

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