Since the advent of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Bucks County Smiles has taken the lead in establishing highly effective safety protocols at our clean, modern dental office in Yardley, Pennsylvania. Our health and safety protocols not only meet local and state government requirements but exceed them.
Respiratory diseases such as COVID-19 can be easily transmitted via moist droplets that can be released when people breathe, speak, cough, or sneeze. Thus, our strategy in dealing with COVID has been to implement the latest innovative technologies in air purification and office disinfection. Our first priority is to keep our patients safe.
Our advanced germ mitigation technologies are designed to protect our patients from pathogens, whether they be from coronavirus, the flu, or another germ. They do this in part by filtering viral particles from the air. Our dental team members also wear advanced personal protective gear filtering air through a special enclosed face mask to prevent virus spreading from patient to staff to patient. We will explain more about our advanced protocols below.
You can feel confident that you and your family will be safe and protected when you come visit us at Bucks County Smiles.
After you schedule your appointment with us, you will receive an email confirmation with details of the appointment. This email will contain important instructions, so please be sure to read it once you receive it.
A few days before the appointment, you will receive a reminder either via text or email to confirm the appointment. You will also be given an opportunity to fill out and update any needed forms, including outdated forms such as your medical history.
Within 24 hours of your appointment, you will be reminded to fill out our COVID-19 screening form asking if you have any covid symptoms before your appointment. If you do, we will ask you to reschedule the appointment for your own safety and the safety of our other patients.
When you come to our Yardley Office for your dental appointment, make sure that you are wearing a face mask covering your mouth and nose, even if you have already been fully vaccinated.
When you come through the door, we will take your temperature using a contactless thermometer. If your body temperature is under 100.4, you are good to go.
We also provide hand sanitizer at the front and in treatment rooms that you should use before proceeding in our office.
In our efforts to go above and beyond the requirements for COVID safety, we have instituted a number of improvements to our sanitation processes. First, we have isolated each and every patient treatment room with doors and other enclosures to keep patients safe.
Second, all our providers, including our dentists and dental hygienists, are wearing powered air-purifying respirators (PAPRs) or tightly sealed N95 masks covered by a second surgical mask. PAPRs are advanced PPE (personal protective equipment) that gives us a separate, fresh air supply, so you don’t have to worry about catching germs from us.
We also installed medical-grade filters in each room. The Medify MA-112 Air Purifier is proven to remove coronavirus and other contaminants from the air. The air turnover is almost 6 times every 5 minutes, which far exceeds CDC recommendations.
We also use iWave technology, which is an air purification system for our HVAC air circulation system. iWave purifies and cleans air before it is circulated through the rest of the system.
Once you leave our office, there are vigorous decontamination procedures that we thoroughly train our staff to perform. For example, we use a new peroxide-based cleaning system and electrostatic foggers to clean and disinfect surfaces that were not physically scrubbed.
If you have any questions, please give us a call and ask to speak to one of our doctors.