At Lafayette Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry, we have always practiced universal precautions and surpassed the recommendations of the CDC, the American Dental Association (ADA), and Indiana Dental Association (IDA) guidelines.
- Wearing gloves, masks, and glasses
- Ultrasonic cleaning and sterilization of dental equipment
- Ultrasonic cleaning and sterilization of drill
- Any supplies that are not able to be sterilized are thrown away and new supplies are used for each patient
- All rooms and surfaces are disinfected
- Fresh water supply and sterilization
- Individual water systems in each room
Our highest priority is protecting you, our patient, and our staff.
In addition to what we’ve always been practicing, in response to COVID-19, we will be following and once again exceeding the CDC, ADA, and IDA guidelines with these additional measures:
- We have removed the use of our waiting room in order to practice safe distancing and removed all toys, magazines, and brochures.
- Hand sanitizer will be readily available for patient usage.
- We will be minimizing the back and forth of paper, so we are going to be requesting payment over the phone prior to your appointment to keep you and our team safe.
- We have added office equipment that will provide additional disinfection and purification.
- In all procedures where aerosol is present, you will see one or more of the following tools/equipment: high-velocity evacuation, rubber dam, and/or Isodry to control aerosols during procedures.
When it is time for your next appointment, you may see some additional changes for patient and staff safety, along with our already strict infection control protocols:
- We will call with a COVID pre-screening questionnaire 48-72 hours prior to your appointment, which will be given again upon arrival at your appointment
- When arriving for your appointment, please wait in your vehicle and check-in by phone. We will let you know if your treatment room is ready for your entry.
- No additional guests may attend the appointment with the patient (with the exception of those needing special assistance determined on a case-by-case basis)
- Patient’s temperature will be taken upon arrival through the first set of doors
- If you don’t arrive wearing a mask, one will be given to you and you will be expected to wear it until the doctor or assistant ask you to remove it.
- You are invited to use the hand sanitizer readily available throughout the office
- We prefer credit/debit card payment prior to your appointment to limit the paper exchange. If you chose to pay by check, we ask that you leave it in our while mailbox outside the office.
We understand these times are hard. We have always worked with patients on financing and will continue to do so as we move through this pandemic. We will continue to file insurance claims, as we always have. If you choose to pay-in-full prior to your appointment, you will receive a 5% pre-pay discount.
To make an appointment, please call our office at 765-447-7887.
As always, we will provide you the highest possible quality of care. Our protocols with sterilization and disinfection will provide a safe environment for not only our patients but for our team as well. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us.
Thank you for entrusting us with your oral health.
What Can Be Done to Stay Safe From COVID-19?
Since there is currently no vaccine for COVID-19, avoiding being exposed to the virus is the only real defense currently available.
How does COVID-19 spread through the population?
Transmission of the virus tends to happen from one person to another. This typically happens because of respiratory droplets from sneezing, coughing, or talking in close contact (within 6′) of other people. These droplets may enter the body by way of the mouth, eyes, or nose, and may cause infection when inhaled directly into the lungs.
It is important to remember that a person can have no symptoms and still be contagious.
The virus can also be transmitted by touching surfaces where these respiratory droplets have landed.
How does COVID-19 spread through the population?
The best ways to keep yourself from being exposed to the COVID-19 virus are:
- Practice social distancing. Be sure to maintain a distance of 6′ from others while in public places.
- Wash your hands frequently. Make sure you are doing it correctly.
- If soap is unavailable, use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
- Try not to touch your nose, eyes, or mouth without washing your hands prior.
- Wear a mask or cloth face covering when around others outside of your household.
- Make sure to cover your mouth whenever you cough or sneeze, and wash your hands right afterward.
- The surfaces in your home should be disinfected regularly.
What symptoms does COVID-19 have?
COVID-19 symptoms could be severe or mild. Known symptoms to watch for are:
- Fever (be sure to check your temperature)
- Shortness of breath
- Muscle aches and/or body aches
- Loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Vomiting or nausea
- Congestion or runny nose
What people are most at risk from COVID-19?
Although anyone can develop serious complications as a result of COVID-19, the ones who are most at-risk are those who are over 65 years old or who have underlying conditions, like those listed below:
- Those with immunodeficiencies
- Asthma or chronic lung disease
- Heart conditions
- Severe obesity
- Chronic kidney disease
- Liver disease