steps we are taking to protect you and our staff
At David F. Boden, DDS, MS, PA, our main goal has always been to protect the health of our patients, our team, and our community.
Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice from its inception in 1986. You have seen this during your visits to our office. The design of our infection control processes is to keep us both healthy. Is it safe? As pilots say, we are on the plane, too. Here are some of the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep both you and us safe.
Our office has always followed infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease 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 recommendations that may be issued. Dr. Boden regularly evaluates our procedures as if he or his family were (and are) patients.
You will notice some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We hope and expect these will be temporary. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:
Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions.
When you enter the office, you will be greeted with our usual smiles by a staff member who will take your temperature with a non-contact thermometer and ask you the screening questions again to ensure nothing has changed. Because the primary method of transmission of this virus is from hands, you will then be requested to wash your hands with soap and water, just as we do.
You will see that our waiting room will, for the time being, no longer offer our wonderful books and has limited seating since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That means we may have fewer options for scheduling your appointment, so please bear with us as we try to make this work as efficiently as possible for both of us.
We will do our best to allow more significant time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.
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. We know many of you are anxious to return to care---so are we.
Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming you back as our patient, neighbor, and friend.
We are all going to be all right.