The office was shut down for seven weeks by the State of Texas due to the Coronavirus pandemic. I came up to see emergencies as needed. It was crazy, during the closure about 80% of the patients I saw were not patients of this office. They were new patients that either did not have a dentist or they could not reach their regular dentist during the forced shut down.
We are open for teeth cleaning and all dental procedures. With the seven-week shutdown there is a HUGE backlog of patients. Furthermore, the new emergency administrative procedures hamper our ability to see a full schedule of patients. Currently, we are only operating at about 85% capacity. These extra administrative procedures are in response to Governor Abbot’s Executive Order GA 19. Once this emergency order terminates then my office can go back to full capacity and normal operations. I ask that you have patience with use as we try to get everyone in for their dental and cleaning appointment. I apologize for the patients that have been rescheduled. We have always valued our patients time. That is why this office has never double-booked patients.
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.
Because of the new emergency dental rules, you will have a different administrative experience at the office.
These new procedures include:
- Filling out a Covid questionnaire before your appointment
- Calling the office when you arrive in your car. Staying in your car until we ask you the same Covid questions and asking you to come in.
- Having your temperature measured and using hand sanitizer when enter the office.
- Waiting with your dental provider until the coast is clear. We are trying to coordinate arrivals and departures in order that no patients cross paths.
Because 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.