covid 19 safety practice

Safety Practice

We understand the fear and concern you may have surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are committed to keeping our clinical team, patients and facilities as safe as possible.

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Pre-Appointment Screening Process & Testing

IgG and IgM antibody testingThere is no higher priority to our Century Smile family than the safety of our patients and team members. All new patients will be required to go through a pre-screening process, please follow the link to learn more about become Century Smile Patient. Therefore we strongly encourage the rapid COVID-19 testing. All Century Smile team members are required to take a test on a weekly basis. The quantitative IgG and IgM antibody testing is available at our office for $35 per test. Antibody test, measures the amount of antibodies present in the blood when the body is responding to a specific infection, like COVID-19. This means the test detects the body’s immune response to the infection caused by the virus rather than detecting the virus itself. In the early days of an infection when the body’s immune response is still building, antibodies may not be detected. This test will show the antibodies that are being produced during the infection as well as the presence of antibodies created after the body has fought the decease. The results are ready in 15 minutes.

UV Sterilization 

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To ensure the safety and health of our patients and staff, we will also be using UV sterilization with a handheld device after each visit and an overnight sterilization through out the office for added protection. UV sterilization also known as UV disinfection or ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) works by breaking down certain chemical bonds and scrambling the structure of DNA, RNA and proteins, causing a microorganism to be unable to multiply. When a microorganism is unable to multiply, it is considered dead since it cannot reproduce within a host and is no longer infectious.

Oral Suction V105

Oral suction V105

To add a layer of protection, our hygienist is now using external Oral suction V105. It is a mobile dental electric suction machine, which quickly filters spray, aerosol, bacteria, viruses and other harmful substances during the treatment, by utilizing the high negative pressure produced by a brushless direct current motor. Scientific studies on amalgam removal have suggested that dentist, staff and the patients can be exposed to higher than normal levels of potentially harmful viruses, bacteria, mercury vapor and other contaminants. Placement and removal of amalgam fillings are common dental procedures that are not always performed safely. This device offers immediate chair-side defense providing a safe worry free environment for our patients.

Air Purifiers

Air purifier

We have also installed LEVOIT Air Purifier H13 True HEPA Air Purifiers in the lobby and all treatment rooms.

  • Helps get rid of common allergy triggers including dust mites, pollen, mold, pet dander, as well as other small particles and pollutants. Ideal for summertime air purifying in the air conditioning room.

  • 3 Stage Filtration System: Pre-filter, TRUE HEPA Filter, & Activated Carbon Filter. It removes 99.97% of dust, pollen, smoke, odor, mold spores, and pet dander; filters particles as small as 0.3 microns and larger and filters air pollution of PM 2.5. Good for stuffy nose.

  • 100% Ozone free, does not use UV or Ions which produce trace amounts of measurable ozone, a harmful air pollutant.

COVID-10 News & Updates

Oral hygiene and severity of COVID-19 – the connection.
British researchers have found a link between poor oral hygiene and severity of COVID-19 disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection. To read more, please follow this link.

An Update From The American Dental Association 
The American Dental Association respectfully yet strongly disagrees with the World Health Organization’s recommendation to delay “routine” dental care in certain situations due to COVID-19, citing that dentistry is essential health care.

“Oral health is integral to overall health,” states ADA President Chad P. Gehani, D.D.S. “Dentistry is essential health care because of its role in evaluating, diagnosing, preventing or treating oral diseases, which can affect systemic health.”

No Insurance?

We take all PPO dental insurance. No insurance? We’ve got you covered. Inquire about individual coverage options such as Aflac or financing options such Alphaeon® Credit and CareCredit® and even if you can’t afford to pay in full, we are willing to arrange an in-house payment plan.

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