Founders Park
Dentistry
Currently Closed
Founders Park Dentistry

COVID-19 Response

Last Updated On: April 5th, 2022

Our CDC COVID-19 
Community Level is

Low

Last Updated April 2022
Because your health and safety are our top priorities, our team will continue to wear masks and follow strict COVID-19 safety protocols during all exams and procedures.

Patient Masks

Not Required
Masks are welcome but not required in our waiting area, per CDC public indoor guidance.

Waiting Room

Open
We are allowing patients to use the waiting room only if they are comfortable in doing so. Patients not comfortable can see below for details about our virtual waiting room.

Pre Rinse

Recommended
We are recommending that patients do a pre-treatment rinse once taken back to the operatory to help reduce the spread of aerosols during procedures.

Rethinking Sterilization Policy & Procedures

Our office has developed specific policies and procedures based on guidelines and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, Arkansas Department of Health, and The American Dental Association. These guidelines are meant to protect to both protect our staff and patients. Some of the changes worth mentioning are:

  • We have upgraded our PPE to include N-95 masks, KN-95 masks
  • Face shields to protect from aerosols
  • Changing protective jackets/gowns between patients where aerosols were likely generated
  • Digitizing patient paperwork and consent forms
  • Updating specific systems for disinfection of rooms to minimize cross contaminations and exposure to staff

Going Above and Beyond

Besides the recommendations from the health experts, we have added additional measures measures to keep our staff and patients safe.  Our office has invested in technologies which can help make a significant difference in reducing the chances of exposure to COVID-19. These investements in our safety are vital to our business and welfare of our patients.
Currently our waiting room is open. We are allowing patients to use the waiting room only if they are comfortable in doing so. We are also catering to anyone who is uncomfortable waiting in a public place such as patients who are immunocompromised or elderly who are higher risk for complications with COVID-19. These patients may use our Virtual Waiting Room.

To use our Virtual Waiting Room, you may notify us on arrival if you wish to wait in the car. We will call you when we are ready to bring you back.  

Face Shields

We have invested in special anti fog face shields which provide ample room for our lights and loupe magnifying glasses. These face sheilds allow our staff stay safe while allowing us to comfortably perform our procedures. 

Advanced Aerosol Control

Many procedures in dentistry produce aerosols, or fine particals in the air that can contain bacteria and viruses. Because these particles are derived from the interactions of our instruments while working on people, we need to be especially careful that we eradicate and cleanse the air. For this we use a combination of air filtration and misters to keep our patients  and our staff safe.

Air Purifiers

Each room has its own medical grade true HEPA air filter (MERV17). These filters can remove 99.99% of airborne particulates at 0.3 microns, 98.79% at 0.1 microns and 97.34% at 0.03 microns (30 nanometers).  The higher HEPA filter efficiency combined with the high CADR (Clean Air Delivery Rate)  makes this a very effective way to remove airborn particles generated by our procedures. For more information about the sciece of these filters see  this link.

Cold Misters

In our dental office, ellimination of aerosols is our main concern. When a patient leaves, our equipement in the rooms is sprayed down and the room sits for the recomended time to allow any aerosols to settle. We go further with this process, by investing in cold aerosolizers and mist the air with HOCL, a non toxic, EPA registered disinfectant and sanitizer. This helps to ensure that any pathogens in the air are neutralized.

HOCL

Our office has invested in several electrolysis systems to produce HOCL (Hypochlorous Acid). We use HOCL on top of our regular disinfectants in many different ways (spray, aerosolized) in order to safely disinfect our office. These systems are EPA approved for combatting the COVID-19 virus. 

HOCL is nontoxic to humans. In nature, HOCL is made by our very own white blood cells to help destroy pathogens. Although HOCL is a weak acid (similar to citrus juice) it is a very powerful oxidant that is effective against invading bacteria, fungi, and viruses. 

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