Infection Control and Enhanced Safety

As we welcome you back to our office, we want to reassure you that your safe treatment here is our number one goal. Our office has always utilized personal protective equipment (PPE) that has exceeded all the CDC guidelines, however, in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic we have instituted additional guidelines and protocols to ensure ours and your safety. You will see many changes, as we have new ways of scheduling your appointments and managing your insurance and financial transactions

Below is a list of some of the enhanced precautions we have taken to protect you in addition to extensive team training on infection control and patient management procedures.
1. Our team will contact you prior to your appointment with a set of health related questions. It is required that we complete this questionnaire prior to your appointment. We will have to reschedule your appointment if we are unable to complete this step.If you are unable, you will be rescheduled.
2. Personalized arrival procedures to guide you from your car directly to treatment rooms to eliminate contacting surfaces. When you arrive at the office, please call us to let us know you are here. 
3. Maintain distancing in the reception area for essential caregivers and parents of minors if they cannot wait in a vehicle or outside the clinic.
4. Removed magazines and items that can harbor or transfer germs of any kind. Hand sanitizers will be positioned throughout the clinic.
5. Providing more education materials to enhance your awareness of health issues related to this pandemic.
6. We require a mask to be worn by ALL patients upon entering the office.
7. Installed sneeze guards at the main reception area.
8. Continuing hand washing and hand sanitizing before all appointments by our team and by our patients.
9. Introduced a new oral pre rinse for use by all patients to reduce exposure to germs.
10. Record temperature and oxygen saturation of every patient upon entering the office.
11. Surgically Clean Air Filtration – medical grade air purifier working at maximum efficiency.

12. Payment arrangements in advance to avoid delay and allow contactless exit from the appointment.

13. Enhanced operatory, office area and bathroom disinfection procedures of all surfaces between patients.

14. Ambient air management with MERV 13 air filtration remove germs from circulating HVAC air – just as we have always done.

15. Enhanced operatory disinfection procedures before and after all appointments with mist or fogging devices to access hard to reach places that can be easily missed.
16. New personal protection equipment like respirators, face shields, gowns, and mask fitters for our doctor and team to provide barriers against the smallest of germs.

17. Continue our protocols to reduce or eliminate airborne aerosols during ALL dental procedures including PureVac and DryShield (see video below).
18. Enhanced nightly disinfection procedures of equipment and office fixtures like computers, keyboards, telephones, tablets, chairs, doorknobs, and buttons that may be touched unconsciously.
19. Disinfection of all outside mail and packages that enter the building.
20. Longer appointment times for you to prepare and complete all appointment tasks and duties in the safest and most comprehensive manner.

We are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we are taking to keep you, and every patient, safe in our office. Please call our office at 231-824-3711 if you have any questions or to make an appointment. Thank you for your understanding. We look forward to seeing you soon. For the latest updates, follow us on social media - Facebook, Instagram or Twitter

Dr. White and the entire team at Brite White Dental