How do I keep my team, my patients, and myself safe? This is the topic foremost on everyone’s mind and one we’re researching every day. We’re constantly evolving and building on these areas as interim guidelines are being released and updated, and new ideas or new clarifications are being brought to the table. To the left you’ll find a variety of additional pages dedicated to helping you navigate the changes to infection control.
The CDC has addressed key concepts around dental settings Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Dental Settings During the COVID-19 Response.
Additional CDC Resources
Last Updated 4/7/20
The ADA has created a Return to Work Interim Guidance Toolkit with advice from beginning to end of a patient visit for all involved from the Dentist and team to the patient before dental care starts, during dental care, and after dental care has been provided.
Last Updated 6/1/20
Webinar – COVID-19 Transmission and Emergency Care Q&A
This ADA webinar addresses a number of questions submitted by dentists regarding the interim guidance mentioned above. The discussion was led by three leading experts who helped develop the interim guidance – Dr. Mia Geisinger, Dr. Marcelo Araujo, and Dr. Dave Preble. It covers a range of topics including the use of PPE, coordinating care with others in the medical community, and the future of infection control.
Last Updated 4/7/20
Webinar – COVID-19 Infection Control Protocols & Procedures – 1 CE Credit
On March 20, 2020, the ADA teamed up with leading infection control experts from OSAP to provide the dental community with practical guidance and education as we navigate the challenges associated with COVID-19.
The complete webinar is available to watch and earn 1 free CE credit.
Last Updated 3/20/20
“Understanding Face Masks” from the ADA
The ADA provides guidance on type, use, and fit, for surgical masks, N95 masks, and N95 equivalent mask KN/KP95, PFF2, P2, DS/DL2, Korean Special 1st.
Last Updated 4/20/20
In this video and transcript, OSHA covers Respirator Fit Testing. Learn what it is and why it’s necessary to protect your health and safety.
Last Updated 4/22/20
Soft Re-Opening of Your Dental Practice
Disinfection and Preparation Before Opening
- Disinfect all surfaces within the practice, before opening, with an EPA approved disinfectant. This includes the reception area, treatment rooms, restrooms, front desk area, kid’s area, private offices, and all other spaces inside the practice.
- Remove magazines, toys, hospitality items, and pamphlets from the reception area.
- Clear ALL counter spaces in treatment rooms and reception areas. Remove non-essential items such as tissue boxes, displays, magazines, and photo books.
- Clean the sterilizing units and complete a spore test.
- Clean and disinfect water bottles, reservoirs, water lines, amalgam traps, and handpieces according to manufacturer directions.
- Stock Ops with appropriate PPE.
- Contact your Burkhart Service Coordinator for equipment specific protocols and resources. (We’ve expanded our service hours to be available when you need us and are applying technician safety measures.)
End of Day
Added Sanitation Protocols
- Remove all magazines, brochures, toys, books, etc., from the reception area and check-in, checkout areas.
- Enhance job descriptions for all team members to include additional protocols.
- Assign added sterilization protocols to appropriate staff members. These include:
- Wiping down door handles, stair rails, light switches, chair arms, remotes, and countertops outside of clinical Ops.
- Sterilizing Ops includes previous CDC guidelines as well as additional steps to sterilize all countertops, patient chairs, coat hooks, drawer handles, remote controls, etc. Focus on anything a patient may have touched.
- Sterilize all handpiece motors, including slow speeds used for polishing, in-between each patient.