Our commitment to safety is unwavering at McOmber Dental. We have always followed the infection control recommendations of the American Dental Association (ADA), U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
In light of the COVID 19 pandemic, you may see some changes at your next appointment to help protect our patients and staff.
- Upon scheduling your visit with us, you will be pre-screened over the phone.
- Upon arrival, please call the office from the parking lot and you will be requested to enter when the treatment room is ready for you. We ask that you enter with a face covering on and use the hand sanitizer at the front desk. Your temperature will be taken and must be below 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit to proceed. All staff will also have daily temperature checks.
- The waiting area will be closed (no magazines, coffee, kids toys)- please do not bring a companion to the appointment. Of course, children may be accompanied by a parent.
- Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. Rooms will not be used consecutively and Dr. McOmber will only see one patient at a time.
- Office hours will change so that less patients will be within our practice at any given time. We will minimize staff as well to obey social distancing guidelines. Additional office hours will be added on Fridays for your convenience.
- All areas of the office, front desk area and bathrooms will be fogged daily with disinfectants.
- Clinical staff will be wearing significant Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during treatment. This includes N-95/KN-95 masks with surgical masks on top, hair coverings, shields, and disposable gowns.
- Hygienists will strictly implement hand scaling procedures. The cavitron (ultrasonic scaler) will not be used to avoid splatter and aerosols.
- Dr. McOmber and Dr. Gluck will always have a dental assistant using High Volume Evacuation (suction) for all aerosol producing procedures. Dental dam isolation will be used when appropriate.
- Heppa filters will be continuously running all over the office.
- All equipment and instruments will be disinfected and sterilized as always. Dental water lines will have sanitizing treatments and central filtration.
- Plastic disposable covers will be placed on all dental equipment, as well as keyboards, chairs, lights,etc. in treatment rooms.
In light of the added measures that we are taking, a $15 PPE charge will be applied to each dental visit you have at our office. Some dental insurance companies (such as Delta Dental of NJ) have committed to reimburse this fee, while others have not made definitive decisions. The fee will help offset a portion of the exorbitant cost of obtaining PPE in the current climate, and is due at the time of service.