Enhanced Patient Protection Plan (EPPP)

Enhance Patient Protection Plan (EPPP)

The goal at Family Dental Choice is to create a safe, individualized care experience for every patient.  Dr. Hahn believes by aggressively managing air quality, using advanced personal protection, and implementing social distancing standards our team can provide the level of safety consistent with our long-term promise to you.  To achieve this promise, we have implemented our Enhanced Patient Protection Plan (EPPP) to reduce the transmission of pathogens to the lowest levels possible.  The plan is made up of these three independent layers of protection.  The Air Management Program, Social Distancing Standards, and Advanced Personal Protection are all intended to compliment each other, creating overlapping layers of protection for you, our patients, and the office team.  Our desire is for you to know what Family Dental Choice is doing to protect you so together we can focus on achieving the results you have come to expect and deserve.

The EPPP begins with our Air Management Program.  The Air Management Program addresses both the air regularly circulating in the office and the aerosols created during patient care.  As a community, we have become aware that the air we breathe can unintentionally make us or our family sick. Dr. Hahn understands that the first layer of protection in our office will involve cleaning the air we breath to keep patients and our team as safe as possible.  For this reason, Dr. Hahn has installed an air filtration system that will disinfect and remove particles as small as COVID 19 viruses.  The system is capable of decontaminating the air in the entire office every 15 minutes.  The air in the surgical suites can be cleaned up to every 4 minutes.  By being able to clean the air and the surfaces in the office, we can completely reset each treatment space by leaving it empty for 5 minutes between each patient.  Air Management is a completely new layer of protection to keep you safe.

The second layer of protection involves incorporating Social Distancing Standards to your patient care experience.  We understand that maintaining proper separation from each other is the best way to prevent the spread of an infection.  Wherever possible, we have created opportunities to promote social distancing.  We wish we could still shake your hand or sit at a desk and review your care.  We have put in place the next best things to show that your safety matters.  One example is that we are asking our patients to text or call upon arrival to the office.  The reception area has been rearranged into smaller seating areas to maintain 6 feet of separation so when you enter you will have your own space.  In the administrative areas of our office when being separated by 6 feet is not possible, we have added clear plexiglass barriers and our team will wear masks.  Lastly, we are screening all patients and team members before they enter the office to decrease the risks of infection.  We are committed to your safety and by taking these steps we are supporting the goals of social distancing without compromising your care.

The use of Advanced Personal Protection is the third layer or protection.  Family Dental Choice has always exceeded the required guidelines with respect to personal protection used during surgery to protect you.  We will expand the protection further by incorporating the CDC and OSHA guidelines for airborne and blood borne viruses which include all standard precautions, contact precautions, airborne precautions, and eyewear precautions.  We have tailored personal protection equipment (PPE) to each area of the office to protect you.  During your surgery we will be wearing N95 or similar masks, face shields/goggles, hats, full length gowns and gloves to provide the highest level of protection available.  After your visit, the surgical suites and other treatment rooms will undergo an additional 5-minute period of decontamination which will renew the counters, equipment, and air completely for the next patient.  At Family Dental Choice we have always prided ourselves on our commitment to providing our best when it comes to taking care of you.

The combination of an Air Management Program, Social Distancing Standards, and Advanced Personal Protection equipment creates our Enhanced Patient Protection Plan.  These measures are not mandated to keep you safe.  We choose to do them because our mission has always been to protect you and our team while striving to provide you the best options to reach your treatment goal. 

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