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July 25, 2020

Why Are There Plastic Guards in My Dental Office?

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_nelson @ 1:45 am
Plastic barrier at dentist in Lutz

At this point, you know that a lot of things have changed in order to make the community safer during the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of this, there has ben a variety of new dental safety protocols in Lutz. One of these is the installation of plastic barriers placed strategically around the office. But you may be wondering how these guards are protecting you from becoming ill. Continue reading to learn how.

How Do Plastic Barriers Prevent the Spread of COVID-19?

Because of the 2-14 day incubation time of COVID-19, you are able to spread the virus without even showing any symptoms yet. When someone who is ill talks, coughs, sneezes, or even breathes, the virus can be exhaled through respiratory droplets. It is when another person breathes them in that the virus spreads. This is why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had suggested that everyone practice social distancing and wear a cloth face covering to catch these droplets before they make it to someone else.

When the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is traveling through the air, it’s helpful to have different barriers in place to prevent it from landing on another person. This is where plastic guards come into play. If someone around you coughs or sneezes, but there is a plastic barrier between you, it is less likely that you would come into contact with their respiratory droplets than if it weren’t there. If both parties are also wearing a mask, the probability is even less likely.

How Else is My Dentist Keeping Me Safe from COVID-19?

In addition to plastic guards being placed around the office, there are many other steps that your dentist in Lutz is taking to keep his patients protected from COVID-19. Here are just a few of them:

Daily Team Health Checks

Everyday when the team comes into the office, they are asked a quick set of questions regarding their current health. They are also given a no-contact temperature check. This helps to ensure that the staff is willing and able to provide safe dental care to patients.

Virtual Waiting Room

Now you can check-in from your car. Just call your dental staff to let them know that you’ve arrived. They will alert you when the team is ready, and you will be taken directly to your treatment room.

Patient Prescreening

Before your appointment, your dental team will ask you to complete a health questionnaire and consent form. You will also need to have your temperature taken using a no-touch thermometer. This helps to ensure that no one is coming into the office with COVID-19 related symptoms.


Some consultations and follow-up visits can be completed over the phone. This way, you don’t have to come into the office unless you really need to.

Social Distancing

Social distancing is a must, especially in a healthcare environment. There are helpful signs and one-way traffic in the treatment area. Fewer chairs are in the waiting room. This makes keeping your six-foot distance easier.

There are many new precautions being taken at the dental office, but it’s all for the safety of the team and the patients. This way, you can rest assured that you are protected during your appointment.

About the Author

Dr. Jay Nelson is committed to providing safe, quality dental care to patients in Lutz and surrounding communities. He completed his dental degree from the University of Pennsylvania and has gained over three decades of experience. He is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American Dental Association and the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation. Dr. Nelson and his team are taking many new precautions to keep their office safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit his website or call (813) 949-0424.

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