We are now permitted to start seeing patients and will reopen our office on May 26.We are working diligently to set up protocols for infection control and to configure the schedule to maximize social distancing. We are following guidelines provided by the Virginia Dental Association.
To find out the latest on what we are doing and how we are protecting you, see below.
First and foremost, we are relying on YOU to help keep us all healthy. If you are not feeling well, have acute respiratory symptoms, are running a fever, or believe you have been exposed to COVID- 19, please reschedule your appointment to at least 2 weeks later. We will not assess late fees for cancellations due to sickness.
We will be staggering appointment start times to minimize the number of people in the office. This means that we may have to adjust your existing appointment. In addition, please understand that we will have to prioritize treatment and may not be able to make up all missed appointments. We will reach out to you to discuss your situation and make adjustments to appointments starting May 18th. Thank you in advance for your patience and flexibility!
We will communicate with you prior to your appointment to ask some pre-screening questions. You will have to fill out a form with the same questions again when you are in the office - this is to make sure nothing has changed. Click here to access form.
When you arrive to the office
- Per County Order, please wear a face-covering into the office. We have masks for purchase (for patients with appointments ONLY) if you do not have one.
- Call to let us know you have arrived in the parking (703)442-0770.
- When you enter the office, please wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. Hand sanitizer will be provided upon entry.
- We will ask you to fill out a screening questionnaire.
- We will take your temperature with touch less thermometer and escort you to your room when it is ready.
- If your room is not ready, and you must wait in the waiting room, please maintain social distance.
- We are limiting the number of people in the office. Please ask anyone accompanying you to wait in the car. One parent may accompany a minor child into the office during an appointment.
- Prior to sitting in the dental chair, we will ask you to do a pre-procedural rinse with a 1.5% hydrogen- peroxide-based mouth rinse for 60 seconds.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Since PPE (personal protective equipment) guidelines have changed with the COVID-19 pandemic, we will now be wearing masks, face shields/eye protection, and gowns/jackets at all time during your appointment.
- Unfortunately, PPE has been in short supply and is therefore quite expensive. PPE is important to protect you and our employees. We have enough PPE to start treating patients, but due to the cost, you will see an additional "Infection Control" fee of $20 on your walk out statement. The American Dental Association is working to get dental insurance companies to cover this fee, but at this time, it may not be covered.
Infection Control measures
Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We are keeping up-to-date on any new ruling or guidance that is issued.
As always, we adhere to universal precautions including PPE, barriers, hand hygiene, instrument sterilization and disinfection of surfaces, as well as using Sterisil system for cleaning dental unit waterline.
We are disinfecting our public spaces, reception areas, doorknobs, countertops every hour and we have removed magazines, toys, coffee and water from the reception as these are difficult to disinfect.
We use additional air quality and infection control measures:
Austin Healthmate Plus Air Purification System that has 4 filters, including a true medical-grade HEPA filter for removal of bacteria, viruses, VOCs and mercury. This filter removes 99.97% of all particles larger than 0.3 microns and 95% of all particles larger than 0.1 microns (coronavirus is 0.125 microns).
High vaccum suction, Rubber dam or Isolite isolation will be used whenever possible to minimize aerosols.
Our top priority is always your health, safety and well-being. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility! We look forward to seeing you soon. Stay safe and healthy!
Doctors & Staff at Tysons Dentistry