IS IT SAFE TO GO TO THE DENTIST?

Most respiratory viruses such as Covid-19, as well
as the flu and common cold, spread through the air
by respiratory droplets, mists and aerosols that
come from the mouth.

The practice of dentistry uses the dental drill, and
hygienist’s cavitron, which create and disseminate
aerosols that can spread throughout the dental
treatment room.

            
So, How Do We Clean The Air?

According to the CDC and the NIH the gold standard
for removing harmful bacteria and viruses from the
air is to perform treatment in a negative pressure
room. This is what is used in infectious disease units
in hospitals.

To provide the safest environment for dental
treatment that we can, we have converted our
treatment rooms into negative pressure rooms.

We have installed three negative pressure air-
scrubbing machines that literally suck the air
containing the potentially harmful aerosols out of the
treatment rooms, through purifying HEPA air filters
and then exhausting it outside. This will keep the air
as fresh as possible during treatment, and leave the
air as clean as possible for the patients that follow. In
addition, each room also has a recirculating UV light
air purifier, that will clean the room air eight times
each hour.

The best way to keep our office infection free is to
keep viruses out of our office. Our staff has all been  
vaccinated against Covid, and we vaccinate to
prevent the flu as well.

We strongly encourage our patients and everyone to
vaccinate as soon as possible.

Our office also maintains strict sterilization of all our
instruments. Surfaces are disinfected between each
patient, and things that can't be heat sterilized are
covered with disposable wrap.

So, is it safe to go to the dentist? If you are receiving
treatment in a negative pressure room with the  other
CDC guidelines in effect, the answer is probably
yes. We are certainly doing everything we can to  
make it safe.

Dr. Mark Freedman
1023 Pulaski Rd
East Northport, NY 11731
631-261-2880          
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