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Using an N95 Respirator? Don’t Get Left Behind on OSHA Guidelines.

Mythbusting Common Misconceptions on Wearing N95 Respirators

Whether you’re a healthcare professional or a patient, at this stage, pretty much everyone knows what an N95 respirator is, but many may not realize there are still common myths and misconceptions about using this PPE. If you or your staff are using N95 respirators, it is highly important to ensure that there is a proper respiratory protection program in place.

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Ultrasonic Scaling: Aerosol or Drip from the Tip? What Does the Evidence Say?

Expert Advice for Implementing Aerosol Management at Your Practice

Nancy Miller, RDH, recalls not wearing masks or gloves in the days before HIV emerged as a deadly pathogen. Just as HIV brought attention to bloodborne pathogens, COVID-19 has aimed a spotlight on airborne pathogens in the dental office. Dental aerosols are primarily created by high-speed handpieces and ultrasonic scalers, air/water syringe tips, and air abrasion devices.

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Q&A Part Two: Dr. Roger Levin on Adapting to Our Next Normal

Strategies and Advice for Navigating Changes to Your Practice

We asked Dr. Roger Levin of the Levin Group, dentistry's leading practice management and marketing consulting firm, to join our blog as a guest author for a two-part question-and-answer series exploring the realities of practice management in the COVID-19 world. Check out Part Two below for Roger’s advice for navigating changes to the dental team and proactively communicating with patients.

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Instrument Management Is a Plus for Every Practice Looking to Bounce Back Higher

It’s More Critical – and Easier – Than Ever to Make the Switch

As dental offices continue to adapt to heightened infection prevention concerns, there is still a lot of uncertainty about what works and what doesn’t. These doubts make it difficult to know whether the steps you are taking are worth it. But what if we told you that there is an existing solution in the market – one with 95-percent satisfaction among surveyed users* – that can help you provide a safe, efficient, and more compliant practice environment for both patients and staff?

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As Patient Anxiety Rises, Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen Sedation Can Help

Help Your Patients Relax While Maintaining Infection Prevention

 

As dental professionals continue to adapt to the challenges of COVID-19, every aspect of the practice is rightly being reevaluated through the lens of infection prevention, including nitrous oxide/oxygen sedation. Though this technology has been used for decades to manage patient anxiety and improve the overall dental treatment experience for patients, some practices are currently choosing to forego it out of an abundance of caution for infection prevention.

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Don’t Forget About Your Waterlines

Are You Taking the Right Steps?

As dental practices are starting to reopen, it’s critical that all aspects of a practice’s infection prevention protocol are up to date. While practices have been proactively communicating to patients about new processes around PPE usage, patient in-out procedures, and the like, some areas may remain overlooked. This is particularly true of waterline maintenance – a critical but sometimes neglected element of infection prevention.