June 2020 COVID Update

6/9/2020

 

Dear Patient:

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued.

In addition, we have installed an “Air Scrubber” air treatment unit that is attached directly to our HVAC system ductwork to remove air pollution, VOCs, surface contaminants, bacteria and viruses, odors and dust. The Air Scrubber uses patent pending ActivePure Technology that consists of a special UV light and photocatalyst target. This Certified Space Technology continuously protects and purifies the air, and attacks contaminants on all surfaces. ActivePure is the only Certified Space Technology created in cooperation with NASA to protect the health of the astronauts on board the International Space Station. We have also installed 2 UVAIRx Ux105 units which drastically reduce airborne odors, VOCs, smoke, mold spores, viruses and bacteria over 90% resulting in a cleaner and healthier environment.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
  • We have a hand sanitizing station that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find sanitizer in other places in the office for you to use as needed.
  • You will see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines or books, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
  • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 631-669-2330 or visit our website at www.ProtoDental.com.  

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Sincerely, Dr. Proto and Team

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