COVID Cases are on the Rise. Should I Cancel my Dentist Appointment?

Categories: General Dentistry

dentist appointment during covidSCOTTS VALLEY, SANTA CRUZ CA

The pandemic has left a lot of us feeling uncertain. For many, the last place they want to be is in public, a crowded area, or at a medical facility. It is common knowledge that COVID is a respiratory virus that spreads through droplets in the air. So, you might assume that going to the dentist would be a bad idea right now. But today on the blog, our Scotts Valley dentists share why going to the dentist is safe during COVID and why you shouldn’t cancel your upcoming dental appointment even though COVID cases are on the rise.

We’d like to start by saying that patients should cancel their dentist appointment if they are sick, have received a positive COVID test, or have been in close contact for at least 15 minutes or more with an individual that has tested positive for COVID. Also, if you have traveled to a known COVID hot spot and are unaware of whether you’ve come in contact with a COVID-positive individual, please call our office before your appointment.

The coronavirus is a respiratory virus that spreads via air droplets from a cough, sneeze, or talking, that travel through the air and land on surfaces. You might assume that since dentists work in mouths, that they are at a high risk of contracting and spreading COVID. However, recent research proves that your chance of getting COVID at the dentist is actually quite low. Results of the study reveal that less than 1% of dentists have had COVID.

How is this possible?

Dental practices have put a strong emphasis on mitigating the spread of infectious diseases for more than several decades. We are using CDC-approved disinfectants to clean all touched surfaces, autoclaving dental tools at high pressure with extreme temperatures, and donning personal protective equipment (like masks, face shields, gloves, and lab coats). In actuality, our dentist’s office in Scotts Valley is one of the cleanest places you could go right now! In addition to following strict CDC protocols for COVID, our office has also implemented other important steps to keep you and our team safe and healthy.

Here’s what Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry is doing to mitigate the risk of getting COVID at the dentist

  • Prior to your appointment, we ask prescreening questions.
  • We ask that you remain in your car when you arrive for your appointment. Patients should call us when they arrive, and we will provide further instructions.
  • We ask that any accompanying guests wait in the car during your appointment.
  • Everyone that enters the office is required to wear a mask, have their temperature and oxygen levels taken, and use hand sanitizer when entering.
  • Appointments are spread out to allow for social distancing.
  • We do our best to reduce patient waiting times.

General Dentists in Scotts Valley, Los Gatos, and Santa Cruz, California

Our Scotts Valley dentists understand your concerns over the virus. However, we remain committed to ensuring a safe and clean office. If you wonder whether you should reschedule your appointment, please contact Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry by calling (831) 438-4411.