Sterilization & Disinfecting Protocol
We adhere to a very strict sterilization and disinfecting protocol as patient safety is our number one concern
To our valued patients:
We adhere to very strict sterilization and disinfecting protocol as patient safety is our number one concern. We will be disinfecting all counters, door handle and hard surfaces in the waiting room at regular intervals. Also, we will ask all patients to use disinfection wipes that the front desk team members will provide before signing in and checking out. We as a rule disinfect hard surfaces and equipment in our operatories based on infection control guide lines. As the threat of COVID-19 becomes increasingly prominent. Westover Hills Family Dental will continue to be open: treating patients not displaying any symptoms of the Coronavirus.
If you are in need of dental treatment, please be assured, we are being very vigilant with regard to how we interact with our patients. If you are in need of dental treatment please call 210-774-6881 for instructions on getting an appointment with your emergency and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Please keep your regular dental appointment if you are not ill or have not come into contact with ill patients. We are constantly being updated by San Antonio District Dental Society and the Texas Dental Association, and we are always implementing the latest precautionary measures.
Infection control procedures are actions taken in health care settings to prevent the spread of disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommendations for dental office infection control. Your dentist cares about your safety and works hard to prevent the spread of infection. Before you enter the examining room, all surfaces, such as the dental chair, dental light, drawer handles and countertops, have been cleaned and disinfected. Offices may cover some equipment with protective covers, which are replaced after each patient.
Non-disposable items like the dental tools are cleaned and sterilized between patients. Disposable dental tools and needles are never reused. Infection control precautions also require all dental staff involved in patient care to use appropriate protective equipment such as gloves, masks, gowns and eyewear when needed. After each patient, disposable gloves and masks are thrown away. Before seeing the next patient, everyone on the treatment team washes their hands and put on a new pair of gloves. Your well-being is important to your dentist and dental staff. That’s why infection control procedures are in place at your dental office.
What about the new coronavirus?
On March 16, 2020, the ADA issued the following guidance to dentists regarding the COVID-19 pandemic: The American Dental Association (ADA) recognizes the unprecedented and extraordinary circumstances dentists and all health care professionals face related to growing concern about COVID-19. The ADA is deeply concerned for the health and well-being of the public and the dental team. In order for dentistry to do its part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the ADA recommends dentists nationwide postpone elective procedures for the next three weeks. Concentrating on emergency dental care will allow us to care for our emergency patients and alleviate the burden that dental emergencies would place on hospital emergency departments.
As health care professionals, it is up to dentists to make well-informed decisions about their patients and practices. The ADA is committed to provide the latest information to the profession in a useful and timely manner. The ADA is continually evaluating and will update its recommendation on an ongoing basis as new information becomes available. Please visit ADA.org/virus for the latest information. Visit the CDC’s website for the latest information on COVID-19.
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