Your well-being is important to Dr. Hubnik and her entire dental staff. That’s why infection control procedures are in place in our dental office, and always have been. Infection control procedures are actions taken in health care settings to prevent the spread of disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has made recommendations for dental office infection control to which we closely adhere. Dr. Hubnik and our entire team cares about your safety and works hard to prevent the spread of ANY 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 instruments are cleaned and sterilized between patients. Disposable dental instruments 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, coats 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.
Actions you can take to reduce the likelihood of getting or spreading an infectious disease:
- Wash your hands frequently or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent ethyl alcohol.
- Avoid touching your face, eyes or nose to reduce the spread of germs.
- Cover your cough or sneeze into your elbow. Infections like the flu, colds or coronavirus spread through the tiny droplets in coughs and sneezes.
- Stay home if you feel sick. If you have flu-like symptoms or otherwise feel unwell, stay home and rest. Call our office to reschedule your appointment for a later date. This will reduce the risk of spreading your illness.
- If you or someone you are in close contact with have recently traveled to one of the countries with large outbreaks of COVID-19 (China, Italy, Iran, South Korea) or if you have been exposed to someone else who was diagnosed with COVID-19 or who was quarantined as a precaution, wait 14 days until you see your dentist to make sure you have not caught the coronavirus.
- If you are healthy, there’s no need to cancel your regularly scheduled dental appointment.
We are asking each patient to wash their hands upon arriving and prior to leaving.