Posted on January 2nd, 2022
We are as committed as we have always been to maintain a safe and healthy environment in our clinics and throughout your treatment. As a medical organization, we are always aware that our infection control practices impact the safety of our patients, team, and community. We have updated our processes and procedures to ensure we do our part to limit the spread of COVID-19 and the Omicron variant. In light of the continuously shifting landscape, we continue to assess and update our safety procedures so that both you and our clinical teams are safe when visiting Uniform Teeth during the pandemic.
Team testing and vaccinations
Our clinical team members are taking rapid tests on a weekly basis to ensure no one in the clinic has contracted the virus. If any team member exhibits symptoms they are required to take a PCR test and quarantine for seven days until their symptoms subside. Additionally, all of our clinical staff members have been vaccinated and are required to schedule their booster shots by January 10th if they have not done so already.
Heightened deep-cleaning and sterilization procedures
We use Optim wipes, a disinfectant proven to kill the COVID-19 virus, to disinfect all surfaces in the office. We sterilize waiting rooms before and after you check in and in the individual patient consultation rooms between every appointment.
To reduce the number of surfaces people touch, many of the office amenities have been removed, including sparkling water, pillows, and reading material. Each room is equipped with a Molekule air purification system that purifies the air every 6 minutes.
Everyone entering our clinic must wear a face mask. If you are having a procedure that requires access to the area covered by a mask, you will be asked to remove the mask only during the procedure itself. Our team is required to wear N95 masks throughout the day and take staggered breaks to limit congregation. During appointments, our team wears protective clothing and headcovers. During any aerosolizing procedure, our team and doctors also wear a face shield and additional PPE to protect themselves and to limit spread.
Health Screenings Before appointments, we screen all patients to ask if they have had a fever, cough, sore throat, chills, aches, or runny nose in the last two weeks. If so, we will reschedule them until they’ve been symptom-free for 14 consecutive days.
Every staff member, orthodontist, and patient have their temperature checked upon entering the clinic. Anyone with an elevated temperature is sent home and only be invited back to the clinic when they are symptom-free and have had a normal temperature for two weeks. We also test our team weekly with a rapid antigen test.
At check-in, patients will again be required to answer questions to verify they’ve been practicing social distancing and have not had a fever, cough, runny nose, shortness of breath, and/or body aches within the last two weeks.
We are increasing the time between appointments to make sure our staff completes a deep clean in each consultation room before every appointment. This is an augmentation of practices established by the CDC for the prevention of more infectious agents in the dental setting. Increased time between appointments also ensures that social distancing is preserved between our patients and teammates.
Our patient scheduling will be staggered to remove any overlap in the waiting room between patient appointments.
To ensure all patients’ safety is upheld, we must stress the importance of arriving on time for your appointment. If you are late for your scheduled appointment, it will be canceled because it will interfere with our ability to provide safe care for those around you. Unfortunately, we had to cancel all of our appointments over the past few months, so we anticipate our schedules will be very booked up. If your appointment is canceled, you will likely not be able to get in again for up to 30 days.
Each appointment spot is very precious right now, we ask that you respect the larger Uniform patient community and show up on time so we don’t lose a valuable slot another patient could have had.
Thank you for your cooperation. We look forward to providing you with safe and best-in-class orthodontic care very soon.