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. 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). In addition, we are following state and local agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued.
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 will also take your temperature with a no contact thermometer once you enter the office.
· Please wear a mask or face covering when you arrive at the office. All patients must wear face coverings up until dental treatment is performed. (Please note that due to nationwide shortages, we will not be able to provide you with a face mask at this time)
· We have an automatic hand sanitizer dispenser at the front of our office that we will ask you to use when you enter. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
· You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines and pamphlets, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
· Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. We also ask that anyone accompanying you to your appointment wait outside the office.
In addition to updating our office procedures we have implemented the following changes to treatment rooms:
· Medical grade H13 True HEPA filters have been placed in each treatment room to help filter out airborne particles and pathogens.
· Isolite (a convenient hands-free suction and retraction unit) will be used whenever possible to reduce the spread of aerosols during treatment.
· We have purchased Extra Oral Suction units to further help remove airborne contaminants and safely capture airborne aerosols.
· A mouthwash designed to reduce viruses and bacteria will be given to patients before treatment and throughout cleanings.
And also the purchase of our new Gemini Laser, which was designed to speed up the healing process, reduce bleeding and risk of infection. The laser also heals ulcers, cold sores and canker sores among many other benefits. To read more about our new Gemini Laser, please refer to the Gemini Laser link here or on Our Practice page.
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 (310) 829-5181.
Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.
Dr. Melanie and the entire Wilshire Dental Team