How Does Social Distancing Work in Dentistry?

June 6, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drjohnson @ 2:58 am

Man practicing social distancing in waiting room at prosthodontist in San DiegoMany things have change in the last few months. You have been avoiding public outings, keeping your distance from friends and family, wearing a cloth face covering, and rescheduling important events. These are all important steps to lessen the curve of COVID-19. Your prosthodontist in San Diego is taking precautions too, including implementing social distancing in the office. Read on to see how that will look during your next appointment.

How Does Social Distancing Work?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), social distancing is keeping space between yourself and non-household members. In order to practice social distancing properly, you must follow these guidelines:

  • Avoid mass gatherings and crowded locations
  • Refrain from social gatherings
  • Keep at least 6 feet between you and people who are not members of your household

How Does Social Distancing Work at the Dental Office?

Just like you’ve been keeping your distance from others during your public outings, social distancing is taking place in the dentist’s office. To make keeping your distance easier, your dental staff is enforcing a variety of new protocols. Here are just a few:

No Handshakes or Hugs

Your dental team loves you and loves greeting you every time you visit the office. However, handshakes and hugs will have to wait till next time. This is an important step to limit the spread of germs.

Virtual Waiting Room

Instead of coming into the office to check in for your appointment as usual, you are now able to check in from your car. When you arrive for your visit, give your dental office a call to let them know that you are there. They will notify you when they are ready for you. This way, you can bypass the reception area and go directly to your treatment room.

Sequenced Patient Scheduling

Your dental staff are spacing out appointments further apart than usual. This eliminates unnecessary contact between patients and gives the team more time to ensure that everything is properly sanitized for your visit.

Fewer Chairs

In the waiting room, many of the chairs have been taken away. This makes it easier to stay at least 6 feet away from others in the reception area.

One Way Traffic

Helpful signs will be placed in the office. By using a one-way traffic system, it is easier for people in the office to move around in an orderly fashion, reducing the likelihood of unintentionally brushing past someone else.

Expanded Patient Appointments

In order to keep you from having to go on multiple outings to the office, your dentist is offering extended appointments. This allows you to get additional treatment during one visit.

Just because we’re living through a pandemic doesn’t mean your oral health should lack. Your dental staff is doing everything in their power to protect you and your family. By working together, we can make the world a safer place.

About the Author

Dr. Peter F. Johnson is a board-certified prosthodontist serving the San Diego area. He received his Doctor of Medical Dentistry degree from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine and earned his Prosthodontic Certificate from the School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California. He provides a wide array of services at his private practice. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit his website or call (619) 463-3737.

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