The COVID-19 situation has put our community through a lot of stress and uncertainty in the past few months. At Lori Logan, DDS, we have always considered the health and safety of our patients as our top priority. Although we already follow the required standards for office cleanliness and sanitation, we have taken more precautions to keep you safe. We have continuously monitored the updates and guidelines put forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to maintain our high standards.
Sterilization and Pathogen Control
- Our dental practice always maintains the highest cleanliness standards and sterilization protocols using OSHA-approved disinfectants and/or the barrier method to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
- We use medical-grade disinfectants and cleaners shown to eliminate bacteria and viruses.
- Non-toxic disinfectant is used to fog rooms in between patients.
- All instruments are sterilized using OSHA-approved methods between each patient. Instrument carriers are equipped with indicators that show they have reached the proper temperature during the process.
- Many of our instruments and supplies are designed for single use. Once used, they are immediately disposed of safely.
- Sterilization equipment is maintained and certified regularly.
- Common areas like reception desks, restrooms, and consultation areas are all regularly cleaned and sterilized to prevent disease spread outside of the treatment room.
How Coronavirus Impacts Your Dental Appointment
Please inform us of the following when we schedule your appointment.
- You have traveled outside of the US in the last month.
- You have a cough, fever, shortness of breath, or flu-like symptoms.
- You have had contact with anyone who has been exposed to the coronavirus.
What Happens When You Arrive For Your Appointment
- Please call our office to inform us of your arrival. Wait outside or in your car until we are ready for you.
- Ensure that you arrive at your appointment alone as guests are not allowed in our office.
- We will take your temperature at the door before entering. If your temperature is above 100.4 °F, we will reschedule your appointment.
- Ensure that you have a face covering upon entering the office. You can only remove the covering for your treatment only.
- Your scheduled appointment might be slightly adjusted to allow our team more time to conduct sanitation and disinfection between patients.
Teledentistry Appointments Available
Please contact our office if you have a dental concern, but are not ready to visit our office for treatment. We welcome appointments by phone or video call. If you have any questions regarding teledentistry, please reach out to our team.
How We Can Reduce the Spread of Coronavirus Together
Practicing common sense caution can help slow the spread of coronavirus. Here are some vital actions you can take, recommended by the CDC.
- Wash your hands frequently using soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use hand sanitizer with a minimum of 60% alcohol if hand washing is unavailable.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose, face, or mouth unless you have clean hands.
- Maintain distance from others in public of at least six feet.
- Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough.
- Stay at home if you are sick.
- Throw used tissues away immediately.
- If you are sick and must go out, wear a facemask.
If you have recently found disinfectants unavailable due to the demand for these products, you can make your own solution at home using 1/3 cup of bleach per gallon of water. Never mix bleach with any other types of cleaners or ammonia. You can also use alcohol solutions at 70% alcohol or higher.
You can learn more about disinfecting guidelines by visiting the CDC website.
If you have any questions or concerns about coronavirus, the action we are taking, or if you should come in for your dental appointment, we welcome you to call our office.