How to Go to the Dentist During COVID-19
Green Dentistry COVID-19 Safety Protocol Tour
Please watch the video below for a tour of the Green Dentistry office and our new COVID-19 protocols. We’re dedicated to keeping you safe during your next dental visit, so we’ve implemented the following procedures and equipment:
- Our office door handles are sanitized with wipes and UV light every hour.
- When you enter, we give you hand sanitizer, check your temperature, sanitizer your phone with UV light, and spray your body with an alcohol solution to ensure no virus is on your body.
- Rooms have closed doors, and each room has it’s own air circulation, which is in one direction to minimize contamination.
- A special AirDoctor filtration system filters the air with charcoal and HEPA filters.
- A UV light sterilizes rooms in between patients.
- During all procedures, we use an Aegis oral suction device to filter aerosol particles in the air.
- Our bathrooms are cleaned and sanitized every half hour.
COVID-19 Recommendations from a California Holistic Dentist
As the coronavirus has spread across the globe, we at Green Dentistry have been closely monitoring the development of this situation for the past few months. Dental professionals are essential during a pandemic, and we will continue to serve our patients with infection management and pain relief services to help keep them out of the emergency room.
With COVID-19 continuing to impact the Bay Area, we’ve gotten several questions from new and existing patients:
If I’m in pain should I go to the dentist?
Social distancing is critical to flattening the curve and reducing the spread of the coronavirus. At the same time, preventing or managing dental infections is key to your overall health. We’ve seen first-hand how untreated dental infections develop, often resulting in patients having to go to the hospital — the very last place you want to be during a pandemic unless it’s absolutely unavoidable.
We recommend that our patients see a dentist as soon as possible if they are experiencing any dental discomfort, pain, redness, or swelling. We join other dentists across the U.S. in limiting services to patients who have an infection, injury, or another dental emergency.
What is a dental emergency?
Examples of common dental emergencies include:
- Severe oral pain
- Trauma or injury to the jaw or teeth
- Pain and inflammation after having a tooth extracted (possible dry socket)
- Fractured tooth
- Loss of an adult tooth
- Swelling of the jaw or face
- Broken or lost dental restorations, such as crowns
- Internal oral swelling
- Facial swelling
- Pain in the jaw
- Sudden inability to move the jaw
We are able to perform the following services:
- Tooth extraction
- Wisdom tooth removal
- Root canal treatment
- Fillings for patients experiencing pain
- Denture adjustments for patients unable to chew or who are undergoing radiation
- Treatment of dental abscesses and bacterial infections
- Orthodontic wire adjustments
- Suture removal
- Repair of gums and teeth following injury or trauma
- Adjustments of oral appliances that are irritating or injuring oral mucosa
- TMJ treatment
What aren’t dental emergencies?
It’s also helpful to understand what dental issues would normally require the care of a dentist, but are not considered emergent during a pandemic. This includes:
- Cavities that are not causing pain
- Minor inflammation of the gums
- Minor chips in teeth that do not cause pain
- Teeth that are out of alignment
- Gum recession that isn’t accompanied by pain or swelling
- Tooth discoloration
- Gaps in teeth or other purely cosmetic dental issues
Currently, Green Dentistry has suspended the following procedures based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):
- Cosmetic procedures
- Routine dental exams
- Routine dental cleanings
- Mercury filling removal, unless causing pain
- Dental implants
- Teeth whitening
How can I make an appointment?
If you are experiencing one of the above dental emergencies, we are scheduling phone consultations and video conferencing appointments with our dental professionals.
Call now at (415) 433-0119.
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