Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice, as you may have noted during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it's both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and our team safe and changes due to the current environment.
Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies' recommendations.
You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and team. For example:
- Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You may be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
- We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in other places in the office for you to use as needed.
- We have been instructed by the Alabama Board of Dental Examiners to close our reception area. We ask you to call or text our office when you arrive (334.277.2100). When we are ready to welcome you in our clinical area, we will call/text you. Also, we cannot allow anyone to accompany you inside the office (exception being minor or patient with physical/mental disability). They must wait in the car; however, we will take any step necessary to communicate relevant information.
- Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you're offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
- We have installed HEPA air purification devices throughout the office to provide an added level of protection in our current environment.
- We will wear masks, even when not engaged in active treatment. Please let us know if this creates any communication barrier!
We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 334.277.2100.
Thank you for being our patient and for your understanding during this challenging time. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to seeing you again soon.
Dr. Kyle Trammell & Team