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Dr. Gerald Benjamin: COVID-19 Protocols

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Q: What COVID -9 protocols do you follow in your dental office?
A: I know the numbers have reduced significantly but we still want to stay safe, so we have implemented COVID-19 protocols. 

These have been difficult and challenging times for all of us. The COVID-19 virus has affected all of our lives and even though we have passed the critical stage, things still cannot yet be considered normal.

We also know that, for many, there is a lingering level of anxiety and fear about contracting the coronavirus, or CV, and that you will still want to take all the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your family.

We feel the same way about ourselves and staff and we want you to know that we are doing everything possible to minimize the risk of exposure to the coronavirus at our office. We know how essential dental treatment is to overall health and we don’t want anything to get in the way of getting necessary treatment. Thus, we have taken the following steps to protect our patients and staff. Please note that in protecting you, we are protecting ourselves, and in protecting ourselves, we will be protecting you.

• We will not schedule a patient who exhibits any signs of CV, flu or a cold.
• No staff member will come to work if they exhibit any of those symptoms.
• To maximize protection, do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth unless you have sanitized your hands.
• A staff member will wipe down the outside and inside door knobs of the door that the patient used to enter the office.
• The number of people in the waiting room will be limited to a safe number.
• The dentist and all staff will wear protective masks during all dental procedures.
• The staff will sterilize all surfaces a patient or staff comes in contact with.
• The dentist and staff members will sanitize their hands before seeing each patient.
• We will continue our safety protocol of using a rubber dam to protect us and our patients by providing a barrier between the patient and staff, capturing and filtering saliva, droplets and particles resulting from the dental procedure.

The protocols and safety precautions we are taking will also maximize your protection against other harmful viruses and bacterial infections. These include hepatitis, HIV, influenza, measles, mumps, rubella and colds. So please know that coming to our office is now safer than ever and you have no reason to put off dental treatment that is so important to your overall health and your immune system.

By: Dr. Benjamin

Gerald C. Benjamin, DDS, brings tireless devotion to his work, 46 years of experience in restorative and esthetic dentistry and the highest quality service to create extraordinary smiles in the New York Capital District. Dr. Benjamin believes it takes a team to achieve the long-lasting effects of a great smile. His practice is located at 18 Division Street, Suite 205 in Saratoga Springs, New York; call 518-583-1116 for a consultation.