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Patient Safety

  • Patient and team safety is the utmost top priority at Lanie Family Dentistry.

We take pride in the fact that our safety and infection control protocols have always surpassed the recommendations of the CDC, American Dental Association (ADA), and Indiana Dental Association (IDA) guidelines.

In addition to the infection control procedures we have always practiced at our office, we will be following, and once again exceeding, the ADA and CDC guidelines with these additional safety measures:

  • Teledentistry will continue to be available for assessment, pain relief recommendations, and supervision of ongoing dental treatment
  • The waiting room will be limited in order to practice safe distancing and we have removed all children’s toys, magazines, and brochures. 
  • We ask that patients do not bring guests unless extra assistance is needed.
  • High-touch surfaces will be disinfected hourly.
  • Coffee will be available upon request (no longer self-service).
  • Plexiglass shield has been installed at the front desk for additional protection of patients and staff.
  • Two HEPA air purifiers have been installed in the office.
  • Vinyl flooring has been installed in all operatories.
  • Hand sanitizer is readily available for patient usage.
  • We have ordered a high-velocity evacuation device that removes aerosols during dental treatments.
  • Dental equipment, like a rubber dam or suction, may be used for additional procedures now.
  • Treatment rooms will be more isolated. We are reducing room entrances and going away from an open-concept to better contain aerosols. 

As always, we will provide you with the highest possible quality of care. Our protocols for 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.

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
  • You are invited to use the hand sanitizer readily available throughout the office

To make an appointment, please call our office at (317) 422-5172. Thank you for entrusting us with your oral health. 

 


 

What Can Be Done to Stay Safe From the Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Since there is currently no vaccine for SARS-CoV-2, preventing exposure to the virus is the only real defense available.


How does the COVID-19 virus spread through the population?

Transmission of COVID-19 tends to happen in person-to-person encounters. This ordinarily occurs because of respiratory droplets from sneezing, speaking, or coughing within six feet of other people. These droplets may enter through the nose, eyes, or mouth, and may be directly inhaled into the lungs.

It is important to keep in mind that a person can have no symptoms and still be contagious.

SARS-CoV-2 can also be spread by touching surfaces where respiratory droplets have landed and touching your face.


What can I do to protect myself against COVID-19?

Here are the best ways to keep yourself safe from the COVID-19 virus:

  • Maintain a distance of 6' from others when in public.
  • Wash your hands frequently. Be sure you are doing so with the proper technique.
  • If you have no access to soap, use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
  • Try not to touch your mouth, nose, or eyes without washing your hands prior.
  • You should be sure to wear a mask when in public.
  • Make sure to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze.
  • The surfaces of your home should be disinfected often.


Do I have COVID-19?

The symptoms of COVID-19 can be mild or severe. Check your temperature if you suspect you could have symptoms. COVID-19 symptoms are listed below:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath and/or breathing
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Chills
  • Body/muscle aches
  • Headaches
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Diarrhea
  • Runny nose or congestion
  • Vomiting or nausea

  

Who is at the most risk?

Although COVID-19 can result in severe complications for anyone, the people who are most vulnerable are those who are over sixty-five years old as well as individuals who have underlying medical conditions, like:

  • A heart condition
  • Lung disease
  • People with immunodeficiencies
  • Severe obesity
  • A disease of the liver
  • Chronic kidney disease


If I get sick, what should I do?

For those who suspect they may have the COVID-19 virus, the CDC provides a self-checker and a website with recommended guidelineshttps://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html.