Archive for March, 2020

Navigating the Covid-19 Virus Guidelines

In accordance with the updated guidelines of the Indiana Dental Association and the American Dental Association, we will be rescheduling elective appointments for the next 3 weeks. Our staff will be reaching out to you to make those adjustments. We will do our best to return all calls and messages promptly. As always will be available should you need urgent care.

There are a couple interesting things to note. Early last week we started screening patients and resolved to taking everyone’s temperature with digital thermometers. No one had an elevated temperature. No one reported any concerning recent history correlating with Covid-19 associated risks.

Lastly, I’d like to take the opportunity to thank all of my patients and staff. You have all been extremely patient and accepting of the new policies and procedures we have implemented these last couple of weeks. I had no idea how it would be received, but everyone has been fantastic. I am truly Blessed to be surrounded by such wonderful people.

Yours always,

Dr. David Slyby

Add comment March 17, 2020

Your safety and the Coronavirus.

For your peace of mind, I’d like to explain some of the things we are doing to combat the Covid-19 virus. I have been closely monitoring this outbreak since mid-January. Shortly after I realized the virulence of the novel coronavirus, I began devising a plan to eliminate risk factors in our office.

When you come into the office, some enhancements will be obvious to you but the great majority of improvements you will not see. I’d like to describe the steps we are taking to keep you and our staff safe.

We are prepared to screen patients regarding recent travel and other relevant aspects as needs arise.

Our staff has canceled their previously scheduled travel plans.

In the past, our infection control benchmarks have easily met OSHA requirements and the accepted standard of care. Now, we are going far beyond.

We have reevaluated our chairside contamination control. We have removed everything from counter-tops and shelves that can become contaminated and not easily disinfected. This includes parting with some things that frankly makes our lives easier but unfortunately adds more opportunity for contamination. The less there is to disinfect, the better job we can do with smooth surface decontamination and disinfection.

To improve on the unique challenges restorative dentistry provides, two assistants will now be assisting for most procedures. One will perform normal chairside duties while the other will bring needed instruments and clinical supplies from the sterilization area, all to eliminate the risk of cross contamination from airborne particulates.

We are only using level 3 and higher masks. Eye protection will be utilized by the staff and is available for the patients as needed or requested.

I have gone so far as to purchase black lights and luminol. When beneficial, we are able to turn off the lights in any room and we will fluoresce surfaces to help insure that we are decontaminating thoroughly.

Yesterday and today specialists installed dual decontamination ultraviolet filters into our air-conditioning and heating systems. These units will now kill viruses and all categories of bioaerosols that are circulating through our systems. We can immediately provide as pure of air as possible in the office.

Additionally, we may also be adjusting our humidity in the building. Research has shown humidity and lack-there-of can greatly affect the transmissibility of a virus.
In addition to what is listed here, there are other methods we are incorporating to prevent contamination. Please know we are leaving no stone unturned in providing a safe environment for our patients and staff. We will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

Truly Yours,

Dr. David Slyby

Add comment March 12, 2020