Health & Safety Updates

Latest Update: 3/31/23

Masking Guidance
The California Department of Public Health announced that, effective April 3, 2023, masks are no longer necessary in health care settings. Therefore, we no longer require masks for patients, visitors, or administrative staff.

Masks are still required to be worn by clinical staff during aerosol-generating procedures, as has always been the case as part of standard dental infection control.

Your Health & Safety Are Our First Concern

  • We follow all infection control guidelines made by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA and Cal-OSHA), the American Dental Association (ADA), the California Department of Health, and the California State Dental Board.
  • We utilize one-use disposable supplies such as gloves, headrest covers, saliva ejectors, etc. whenever appropriate.
  • We clean and heat sterilize all dental instruments and equipment between each patient use.
  • We meticulously clean, disinfect, and sanitize all dental operatory surfaces including all counter tops, handles, dental chair, and operatory hard surfaces between each patient use.
  • We minimize or eliminate any potentially contaminated aerosols produced by dental procedures with the usage of high-volume suctions.
  • Our dental operatory chairs are separated by more than 10 feet and by the presence of walls and physical barriers.
  • We provide hand sanitizers for our patients and visitors.
  • We use Medify Air MA-40 Air Purifiers throughout the office to remove 99.9% of airborne particles down to .1 microns, including virus carriers, bacteria and more.
  • We screen all patients and visitors for obvious signs or symptoms of illness and ask patients to reschedule as needed.
  • We frequently clean and disinfect reception room surfaces throughout the day.
  • Outdoor seating while waiting is provided for those who prefer it.
Office Hours
  • Monday7:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday7:00am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesday7:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thursday7:00am - 5:00pm
  • Friday7:00am - 2:00pm
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