Dentists are advised to continue to screen all patients for recent travel to any locations confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to have confirmed cases of COVID-19, also known as the new Corona virus. Any travel completed between December and now is considered recent travel. As part of the screening, dentists should also verify when the patient returned to the United States. Dentists can check the list daily until health officials report that screening is no longer necessary.
If the patient reports that at least two weeks have passed since their return from one of the CDC-reported countries and no symptoms have presented, the dental office can proceed with the appointment. Dentists should also advise patients who are experiencing acute respiratory illness, including symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of breath, to remain home and reschedule appointments.
Dr. Del Vecchio and his surgical team have been trained to ask these specific questions and follow all state and government guidelines. We understand that this is a very difficult time for everyone and we are taking every precaution to maintain a safe and clean environment for all of our patients. Infection control procedures are actions taken in health care settings to prevent the spread of disease. The CDC has recommendations for dental office infection control. Dr. Del Vecchio cares about your safety and works hard to prevent the spread of infection. So, here is what we are doing every day during the pandemic to assure your safety while addressing your emergency dental needs at the same time.
Before you enter the examining room, all surfaces, such as the dental chair, dental light, drawer handles and countertops, have been cleaned and disinfected. We also cover some equipment with protective covers, which are replaced after each patient. We are wiping down door handles and the front desk area after each patients leaves. We are also asking anyone who is accompanying the patient to wait outside in their car. Our sterilization protocol is superb! We perform every week a spore test to assure the sterilizer is operating properly. We also keep a weekly log going back years to track and assure that all instruments have been sterilized properly to CDC guidelines. The tests are sent to an accredited lab for results. This assures and comforts our patients that we are ahead of any issues that may present themselves, like a corona virus or SARS. We use the Midmark M11 ultraclave. I feel this is simply the best in the market and have invested in these units years ago, well before any pandemic fears.
Non-disposable items like our dental tools are cleaned and sterilized between patients. We use alcohol based chemicals recommended by the CDC and detergents of the highest brands to scrub and clean the instruments before sterilizing them in the M11 units. Disposable dental tools 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, scrub top 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 puts on a new pair of gloves.
We are open for emergencies only, and will remain seeing emergency patients until we are given clearance by the CDC and the ADA to operate as normal.
If you have a dental emergency; please do not wait to call, dental infections, pain or swelling will never go away on its own. We are here for you! We have two office locations, Cortlandt Manor, NY and Yorktown, NY.
Cortlandt Manor Oral Surgery Jefferson Valley Oral Surgery
1983 Crompond Road Suite 101 3535 Hill Blvd. Suite N
Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567 Yorktown Heights, NY 10598