Keeping Austin Smiles Protected and Healthy
As we all settle into what seems like a new normal, we want you to know that the team at Broberg Family Dental is ready to care for you and your smile. We’ve missed seeing all of you at our Austin dental office and our entire staff is eager to get back to work and help our community stay healthy. We’ve always been stringent about cleanliness and sterilization, but now precautions are being taken on even more levels at the office, to ensure your safety and protection.
What Can I Expect for My Appointment?
Now more than ever your comfort means everything to us. We understand that some of the new ways we have to do things these days can be a bit overwhelming at times. We’ll do everything in our power to make sure you get the best possible dental care for you and your family.
We’ll now be doing all intakes outside of the office. You’ll be asked to have your temperature checked prior to your appointment with a non-contact thermometer. Next, we’ll ask you some pre-screening questions. They’re about eight of them and they focus on topic such as:
- Exposure to COVID-19
All patients will be given a face mask to wear while in the office. We ask that you keep the mask on at all times except for when we begin your treatment. You’ll get hand sanitizer to use when you enter the building and an antiseptic iodine rinse before your dental procedure. We’ll also be checking the temperatures of all of our team members twice a day.
Sanitization and Disinfection Protocols
Everyone at Broberg Family Dentistry has always adhered to strict infection control protocol, which is something we’ll continue to maintain at this time. In addition, we’ll be disinfecting all of the “high-touch” areas in every part of our Austin dental office and restrooms throughout the day. At this time, we’ll be limiting the number of patients allowed in the office at once. We’re also restricting the amount of patients in our reception area. Should you need to sit briefly in this area, the furniture is now arranged to allow for six feet of social distancing.
Our sterilization guidelines and actions include:
- All treatment rooms surfaces being thoroughly wiped down with powerful disinfectants prior to and after each patient visit.
- Surfaces that are touched by our team during patient treatment are also covered with a protective barrier. We change them out between patients.
- Any non-disposable instrument used during your treatment is sterilized in an ultrasonic bath and then put in the autoclave — a machine that uses heat and pressure for sterilization.
If you have any questions about any of these steps, please don’t hesitate to talk to us! We’re happy to help in any way we can. We’re here for you and want you all to stay healthy and happy.
Added Protection for Your Health
You might notice our team members look a little different than you remember before all of this started. We’ll be wearing more personal protective equipment (PPE) as an added measure to protect ourselves and you. Our team will be wearing face masks for any interaction with patients. We’ve always relied on surgical masks, gloves, and clinical gowns, so nothing has really changed there. However, depending on the procedure, these days we will also be using face shields, scrub caps, disposable gowns, and N95 masks.
We don’t anticipate appointments taking longer than usual. However, we’re going to be scheduling more time between appointments to allow for a thorough disinfection of our dental office in Austin and the treatment room before a new patient arrives for their procedure. Our office will also be equipped with a high volume evacuation system to be used during both hygiene and all dental procedures. This helps to minimize the production of aerosol spray during treatment. We have installed medical-grade HEPA air purifiers in every treatment room and throughout the office. These purifiers remove airborne viruses, bacteria, mold, and other contaminants from the air. You’ll also find that we’ve installed plexiglass barriers at the check-in and check-out desks for your safety and for the health of our team, too.
100 Percent Commitment to Compassionate Care
Your oral and overall health are of the utmost importance to us every single day. When we open our door each morning, you and your family can expect dental care that’s safe, personal, and comfortable. Most of the guidelines you’ve read about here are set forth by both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Dental Association.
We appreciate your continued patience and support during these trying times. We hope that you and your family stay safe and healthy. If you have any questions or feel concerned about coming to the office, we hope that you’ll reach out to us online to give us a call at 512-888-9453.