Covid Safety

Cosmetic and Family dentist in Seattle, WA

Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visit to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Center for Disease and Prevention (CDC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

We have implemented several extra steps during these unprecedented times to create a comfortable and safe office during your visit.

Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask for some screening questions. We will also be taking your temperature with a non-touch scanner.

We have hand sanitizer stations located throughout our office.

Our waiting room has been modified: there are no magazines, no toys, and fewer chairs – spaced 6 ft apart. When we confirm your appointment days ahead, we may ask you to stay in your car and we will alert you via your cell phone when it is your time to enter the office.

We have installed air scrubbing systems by a professional company: Burien Natural Gas. This air scrubbing system is to help reduce the airborne particles within our building

We have installed sneeze guards in appropriate areas

We are following the new PPE guidelines, using appropriate masks during procedures, Including N95 masks, face shields, and protective covering.

We are asking non-essential guests to stay in your car. If your appointment requires a guest (Parent with a child) we are providing masks for your visit.

There are reusable masks provided when you enter our office.

Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we are taking to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office number. (206) 824-4700.

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.
Sincerely, Dr. Paul Chilton

FAQs Related to Dental Appointments and Covid-19

Yes, it is generally safe to see your dentist during a pandemic. We prioritize your health and safety above all else and are already well prepared for the threat of a virus. As health care professionals, we’re trained to manage communicable diseases and have added additional protocols that go far beyond the CDC’s highest standards of infection control practices.

As a daily practice, we go above and beyond the CDC’s highest standards of infection control practices with powerful disinfectants, state-of-the-art sterilization practices, ritualistic hand washing, and many disposable materials for each and every visit.

A dentist is a specialist who works to diagnose, treat, and prevent health problems however, there are times when it’s prudent to restrict dental procedures to “Emergency Only”. We will continue to monitor and follow the CDC’s guidlines for infection control

As it related to Covid-19 restrictions for dental appointments, a dental emergency may be defined by the following criteria:

  • Infection in the mouth
  • Swelling
  • Intense Pain
  • Trauma

An aerosol is a small partical that can remain airborn for hours. They are subject to inhalation unless protective measures are in place. Protective measure against aerosols in the dental office include Personal Protective Equiptment (PPE) and Surgically Clean Air Purifiers. We use all of the above!

Please give us a call to reschedule your exisiting appointment if you:

Have a fever 100 or higher
Have shortness of breath or upper respiratory infection
Have been exposed to a known case of COVID-19
Have been told to self-quarantine by any other entity
Have been to a known hot spot location in the last 14 days

The Covid-19 shutdowns and quarantines mean that everyone gets a little extra homework keep theire mouth healthy until their next appointment. Here’s what you can do to keep your smile healthy:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day, and floss at least once per day.
  • Eat Clean. Your diet plays an important role in your overall health.
  • Avoid sugar. Sugar increases the amount of bacteria that grows in your mouth causing more plaque and possibly cavities.
  • Avoid tobacco. Smoking and chewing can stain your teeth, cause gum disease, and eventually lead to oral cancer.
  • Brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth to reduce the amount of plaque-causing bacteria.
  • Drinks plenty of water
  • Be quick to swap out your toothbrush
  • Store your toothbrush away from other toothbrushes (and away from the toilet).

We look forward to seeing you in the dental office again soon for a proper cleaning!

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