How Will Coronavirus Affect My Dental Care in Phoenix?

Dental Tips, Oral Health

Just like other types of healthcare providers, Phoenix dentists have had to change the way they’re serving their patients during the pandemic. As Central Valley Dentistry re-opens our doors to our patients and their families, we want you to know that Dr. Behbahani and our team are going above and beyond to ensure everyone’s safety.

Scheduled Social Distancing

We’ve adjusted our schedule to allow an overlap of time between patients, ensuring you have as little contact with any third-person parties as possible. For that reason, we ask that you plan to arrive on time for your scheduled appointment. This will allow our staff to maintain social distancing between guests and have time to sanitize surfaces in common areas (such as chairs, doorknobs, counters, etc.)

Medical History Screening

Before you arrive, we ask that you make us aware of any changes in your medical or travel history. Have you been around anyone who has been ill? Traveled to a “hot zone”? Are you exhibiting symptoms of a fever or other flu-like symptoms? If so, we will reschedule your visit to allow for a two-week period of self-quarantine and updated screening.

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Additional PPE

Personal protective equipment (PPE) keeps you and our staff safe. But now that we’re learning more about how aerosols and respiratory droplets spread, we’re adjusting and adding new PPE layers to prevent any cross-contamination. As always, we’re disinfecting surfaces between patients and sterilizing all instruments per OSHA and CDC guidelines.

Prioritized Care

There will be some situations that require urgent treatment and may need to be prioritized. If you are in pain or have extensive dental work that is pending, please contact our office. It’s best to treat those issues as early as possible to avoid unnecessary trips to the emergency room.

Changes with Instrumentation

You may not notice, but we’ll also be adapting some of the instruments that we use in our office, in order to lower the amount of aerosol spray that’s created. For instance, if you’re used to the hygienist using the ultrasonic (electric) scaler most of the time, that might not be the case during your next cleaning. Each appointment will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine which equipment is most appropriate for your oral health needs.

Working with State and Federal Advisors

We are consistently monitoring recommendations by the ADA, CDC, and state dental officials to ensure that all protocols are followed when it comes to adapting our services. We fully expect these changes to continue to evolve over time.

Bottom line, Central Valley Dentistry will treat you like family. Your health and safety are the foundation of everything that we do. That’s why we’re continually researching and learning what we can about how to see patients as safely as possible.

If you’re due for a checkup or have a tooth that’s bothering you, our Phoenix dentist is currently seeing patients. Call today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Behbahani.

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