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Coronavirus COVID-19

All emergency rules put in place by the State of Texas have expired.  If you want to wait in your car we can call you when we are ready. If you want to wait in the reception area you can. You are free to wear or not wear a mask upon entering our Pasadena, Dental office.

Dentistry has NEVER been a hot spot for disease transmissions. Dental offices are leaders in sterilization and infection control.

Ever since the 1980s AIDS epidemic, Dentistry adopted Universal Precautions. This means that everyone in the dental office assumes you are infectious with a disease. Dentist’s have been the leaders in mask, glove and room sterilization for decades.  While Coronavirus might be new to most of you, dentistry has been killing Coronavirus (along with other viruses) for a very long time.

This is a picture of our main disinfection chemical we use at the office. Coronavirus is the second virus listed.

Deer Park Texas Dentist Covid

Pasadena Texas Dentist Dr. Nugent uses a fogger to kill Corona VirusBecause Dentistry is so well versed in infection control, no one at the office is scared or concerned about Covid. These administrative procedures are put in place by the State of Texas. We will be very happy once the emergency rules expire.

We have always operated at the highest levels of sterilization and infection control. In addition to our normal infection control procedure which are above Texas and CDC standards, we have added three new features at our office. I purchased fourteen stand-alone medical grade air filters. These filters will completely cycle over the air in a 17,000 sq ft building in ten minutes. My office is not that large. I will go on record as saying that my dental office has the cleanest air in Pasadena.

Next, we purchased an Ozone generator. The last person leaving the office turns the timer to 10 hours. Ozone kills viruses and bacteria. Viruses are small particles made up of crystals; ozone destroys viruses by attacking the nucleic acid core, thus damaging the viral RNA. After destroying these particles, ozone dissipates and leaves breathable oxygen as its only byproduct

Lastly, I bought a Hypochlorous Acid generating machine and an Ultra-low Volume fogger. Covid-19 is a fragile lipid-enveloped RNA virus that is extremely sensitive to chemicals. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has created a registered list of confirmed disinfectants for use against the virus. The list currently contains almost 500 chemical products, the vast majority of which can kill the virus in under a minute. There are 6 major categories of approved disinfectants: hypochlorous acid, hydrogen peroxide, quaternary ammonium, peroxyacetic acid, glutaraldehyde, and sodium hypochlorite.

 

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