Your next trip to the dentist will be different


Your next trip to the dentist will look different. Waiting in your car until your appointment time is just one of the changes.”(Patients) are going to see a lot of changes,” said Dr. Tricia Halford, of Corinth Dental Care.It’s the first time in two months that Halford has looked at a row of pearly whites.”So we’re just making sure everything run smoothly, trying to identify any kinks in the system,” she said.Corinth Dental Care, like many other dental offices, will have their soft opening next week. Thursday was a trial run of sorts.”We have a lot of new procedures and protocols we’ve put in place,” Halford said.Employees will be wearing a lot more safety gear.”The staff will be wearing surgical caps, surgical gowns, shield respirators, anything we can do to limit their exposure and in turn limit our patients’ exposure,” Halford said.She said they have spent the eight weeks redoing the air-flow system, and put procedures in place to constantly clean and disinfect.”So that our patients can feel safe and welcome when they come,” Halford said.She said maybe the most important thing to remember the next time you have a dental appointment is your cell phone. The waiting room is no longer open. Patients will have to call when they arrive and they will call you back and tell you when it’s your time.Halford said the pandemic will change a lot of things you think about when going to the dentists, but it is forcing offices to go even further to make sure everyone is safe.”It makes us just look at things differently. What can we do to step it up a notch?” Halford said.She said the appointments they’ve had to cancel the last several weeks are being staggered over the next few months. All emergency work has been scheduled first.

Your next trip to the dentist will look different. Waiting in your car until your appointment time is just one of the changes.

“(Patients) are going to see a lot of changes,” said Dr. Tricia Halford, of Corinth Dental Care.

It’s the first time in two months that Halford has looked at a row of pearly whites.

“So we’re just making sure everything run smoothly, trying to identify any kinks in the system,” she said.

Corinth Dental Care, like many other dental offices, will have their soft opening next week. Thursday was a trial run of sorts.

“We have a lot of new procedures and protocols we’ve put in place,” Halford said.

Employees will be wearing a lot more safety gear.

“The staff will be wearing surgical caps, surgical gowns, shield respirators, anything we can do to limit their exposure and in turn limit our patients’ exposure,” Halford said.

She said they have spent the eight weeks redoing the air-flow system, and put procedures in place to constantly clean and disinfect.

“So that our patients can feel safe and welcome when they come,” Halford said.

She said maybe the most important thing to remember the next time you have a dental appointment is your cell phone. The waiting room is no longer open. Patients will have to call when they arrive and they will call you back and tell you when it’s your time.

Halford said the pandemic will change a lot of things you think about when going to the dentists, but it is forcing offices to go even further to make sure everyone is safe.

“It makes us just look at things differently. What can we do to step it up a notch?” Halford said.

She said the appointments they’ve had to cancel the last several weeks are being staggered over the next few months. All emergency work has been scheduled first.

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