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COVID-19 has changed the entire landscape for the dental industry.

Because of the increased risks of disease transmission in a dental operatory. So to adapt dental offices will now have to invest in aerosol evacuation systems.

These suction systems will increase the noise levels in the operatory significantly

 

Read more: Your dental office is about to get much louder.

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Negative Pressure Rooms in The Dental Office

Dental professionals, their staff, and patients, are at high-risk, of getting and spreading the COVID-19 virus.  Most treatment procedures, that require the use of a dental drill, produces a significant number of aerosols in the environment.

Practice owners need to act to protect the saftey of their staff , patients and community.

By nature, dentists are at high risk of occupational exposure to several types of microorganisms, aerosol particles, and droplets that live in patients’ saliva and blood in addition to instruments contaminated with saliva, blood, and tissue debris. Because of new CDC guidlines and in attempts to stop the spread of the corona virus dental offices are prevented from using handpieces and ultrasonic handpieces. 

Studies suggest directing airflow through a negative pressure isolation room is a preferred model for protecting healthcare workers during patient care. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides guidance on preparing workplaces for COVID-19 and defines steps to reduce employee exposure. Engineering controls, such as installing high-efficiency air filters, increasing ventilation rates, and providing negative pressure ventilation, will minimize hazard exposure. 

Read more: How to Setup a Negative Pressure Room in Your Dental Office

CDC COVID 19 Guidance for Dental Offices April 27 2020
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Below are Recommendations from the C.D.C. Regarding Operations for Dental Offices in the United States

The main topics in this article to be addressed are:

  • To address asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission, implement source control (require facemasks or cloth face coverings) for everyone entering the dental setting (dental healthcare personnel [DHCP] and patients), regardless of whether they have COVID-19 symptoms.

  • Actively screen everyone on the spot for fever and symptoms of COVID-19 before they enter the dental setting.

  • Actively screen DHCP on the spot for fever and symptoms before every shift.

    Read more: CDC COVID 19 Guidance for Dental Offices April 27 2020

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Negative Pressure Rooms for Dental Offices

 
For diseases that travel through the air, like COVID-19, special isolation rooms are essential for controlling pathogens and to make  sure they stay contained to one location , rather than spreading to other locations. They’re called “airborne infection isolation rooms,” or negative pressure rooms. You’ve probably read about them in stories about hospitals treating Corona viruscases. They create a crucial barrier between extremely infectious people and everyone else.
In a dental environment ALL patients should be considered as infectious. So universal precautions are necessary.

Read more: How do we get back to drilling?

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Setup Your Dental Office To Communicate with Your Patients Remotely During the Corona Virus Outbreak.

Gov Cuomo has ordered dental offices to be open for emergency services only.  Instead of closing your dental office completely smart dentists have been setting up remote dental consultations.

Once you are connected to your office remotely (see here) you as the provider will be able to access patient xrays and consultation notes to give peoper diagnoses to your current patients. The challenge comes in when you need to see a new patient.

Read more: Set up your dental or medical office to do new patient consultations remotely using video...

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What is Teledentistry?

Teledentistry is a remote service providing patients with dental health care solutions. The sole purpose of this service is to improve access to dentistry for patients living in outlying areas far from dental care or do not have access to dentistry services where they live.

Teledentistry offers a broad spectrum of solutions delivered to remote patients via video conferencing or telephone connections.

Patients can communicate with licensed dentists remotely at their convenience, gathering the required information they need before seeking out care from a local dentist in person.

Read more: What is Teledentistry

setup receptionist to work from home

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A Step By Step Guide to Set Up Your Dental Receptionist to Work @ Home During the Corona Virus Outbreak NYC.

With dental offices forced to close during the Corona Virus outbreak in NYC, we have come up with a way to enable employees to work from the comfort of their homes. Using remote desktop a dental receptonist or biller could duplicate her regular work desktop  from the comfort of their homes.

Using a combination of port forwarding, the windows registry editor and RDP a large office can easily transfer the individual desktops of their staff members.

Staff then their carry on their workloads at their homes

Read more: Setup your dental or medical office staff to work remotely during corona virus outbreak for free

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Use Amazon photos to back up ALL your patient images for free

Looking for a free online backu solution?

What did Amazon open themselves up to?

https://www.amazon.com/photos/

Dental and medical offices can use this as a free online source to back up ALL patient images in their office.

Amazon photos uses artificial intelligence to automatically group similar people. It is all done automatically