COVID-19 Update

Santa Fe Procedural Changes

We have updated changes to our procedures to ensure the safety of our patients and staff.

Screening

We screen our employees before each workday with an infrared thermometer to check for fever and pulse oximeter to check blood oxygen levels (one of the first signs of coronavirus infection) and require self-reporting of any symptoms.

 

We will be asking our patients some important screening questions to ensure that we serve you in the best and safest way possible. 

Check-In Changes at Our Office

We no longer require curbside checkins. We have introduced chairs back into the waiting room, though spaced apart for social distancing. If the waiting room is full, we will ask people to go back to their cars and a team member will come get them for their appointment.

 

For your convenience, we are no longer taking temperatures and pulse ox readings prior to entering the building.

COVID dental office
COVID safe dental office

Office Changes

Your treatment room has had some changes. Safety remains our top priority. You will notice that we've removed the plastic barrier doors to get into the treatment room, but we still employ HEPA filters with UV components to kill any airborne germs. Our staff continues to wear the best in PPE to ensure your safety. And, of course, sterilization is of the utmost importance from the front desk to the treatment rooms and all areas in between.

We will be dressed differently. 

We will be wearing different masks, gowns, and other garbs that will best protect you and us in this COVID environment. We have taken great care to acquire and use all the appropriate PPE. We have added time to each procedure to be able to properly put on and take off our PPE and thoroughly sterilize the room.

COVID safe dental office

Your bi-annual Doctor exams during your cleanings will be different.

In an effort to control the potential carrying of COVID through the office, we have divided the office into a Doctor side, a Hygiene side, and a Business Team side.  To keep interactions between these teams at an absolute minimum we will have one Doctor per day performing the exams in Hygiene.  This means that for your routine exam, you may not see your regular doctor.  If there is a dental problem discovered during this exam, know that you will still be able to see your regular doctor to have it fixed.  Rest assured that our Doctors are very calibrated with each other, have the same treatment philosophies, and take a team approach to your care, discussing the best approach to care amongst themselves to give you the best care.  This will not change.