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Sterilization Protocol

At Greenwood Dental Smiles, your overall health is just as important to us as your oral health. Whether you’re here for a check-up or more intensive treatment, we respect your right to be treated in an environment where dental sterilization is a top priority.

Since we opened the doors of our practice, we committed ourselves and our team to going above and beyond the standards outlined by the American Dental Association (ADA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That commitment still holds true today.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to reassure you of the steps we take every day – after every patient exam and procedure – to properly disinfect and sanitize our rooms, surfaces, tools, and equipment. We were doing this long before the pandemic, but this is a good opportunity to show you our methods.

Beyond Washing Hands

When any of our dentists, hygienists, and assistants treat a patient, it’s done with personal protective equipment (PPE). This includes face shields, a face mask or guard, and disposable gloves.

After each patient examination and treatment, the gloves are taken off, hands are washed with a medical-grade disinfectant hand soap, and a fresh pair of gloves is put on. Using a fresh pair of gloves is essential, as studies show that using them in a dentist office reduces the chances of hand contamination by nearly 80 percent!

Each of those steps (old gloves come off, hands are washed, new gloves are put on) is repeated each time a team member touches an object.

Further, if any team member is showing even the slightest symptoms of not feeling well, they are strongly urged to stay home. The same goes for you. If you’re not feeling well on the day of your appointment, just call us and we’ll gladly reschedule. Even the slightest risk of exposing others is a risk we’re not willing to take.

The Importance of Clean Surfaces

Even though a virus can survive on an exposed surface for as long as a few hours, it doesn’t get its chance to do so in our office. That’s because we rigorously disinfect all exposed surfaces in our office numerous times each day.

Every surface area – including countertops, trays, office doorknobs, examination light handles, etc. – is meticulously cleaned with a chemical disinfectant that’s designed to eliminate viruses. Further, we perform a thorough office cleaning at the end of each day and a deep cleaning at the end of each week.

Tools And Equipment

A thorough sterilization of our dental tools and equipment is done between each patient examination here at Greenwood Dental Smiles. We do this with a dental autoclave (which utilizes high-powered steam) and chemical-based sterilizers. Any one-time-use tools remain in their sealed packaging until needed. They’re then promptly disposed of after being used. Further, we routinely test all our other equipment to ensure we’re providing a safe environment for your dental health.

A Commitment to Diligent Sterilization

We continue to monitor the updates regarding COVID-19, and will adjust our approach based on guidelines and recommendations from the ADA and CDC. If the situation changes and we are unable to see patients, we’ll contact you to make other arrangements so that your oral health is not left untreated.

At Greenwood Dental Smiles, we follow the strictest of standards for dental sterilization to ensure the safety of you and our team members.

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Patient Testimonials

"This was my first visit with Greenwood Dental Smiles. They were friendly from the moment I walked in the door to the moment I left. Such a great office! Happy people who seem to love their job. Even got a nice coffee mug to use! Definitely will be going back!"

Christy Hill

"My daughter and I have been going here for a few years now. We absolutely love Greenwood Dental Smiles. Not only are they professional but they are caring which means a lot to me and my family. They always take their time and listen to any concerns or questions we may have. I also love the fact that they are very personal and make you feel as if you really matter to them and that you’re not just a patient."

Carol Nixon

"I'm very pleased with Greenwood Dental Smiles, and I highly recommend. Everyone is very experienced and have great communication skills. Dr Jillian Samela is top notch, with excellent hygienist and a professional staff."

Chuck Cowell

"Greenwood Dental Smiles made my first visit to the dentist in 10+ years as painless as possible. The staff is super friendly, and you can feel the support and love between the team during your visit. Highly recommend! And my next visit was just as wonderful. They are truly consistent with their experiences! Love my dentist "

Kelsi Faletic

"Amazing team! I really can't say enough about Greenwood Dental Smiles and their entire staff. They're always super friendly and do phenomenal work. Due to my refusal to floss regularly I’ve given them a few small “projects” over the years beyond just routine cleanings. I’m totally petrified of shots/needles but they’re some of the best in the business at guiding me through it those scenarios. If you’re looking to get some work done or just schedule cleanings, look no further. I would never go anywhere else; in fact maybe I’ll continue not flossing just so I can come back more frequently :-D"

Tom Leeper

"So glad I chose Greenwood Dental Smiles, everyone was so friendly and professional. From setting up my appointment to my cleaning and exam it was so smooth. I highly recommend!"

Aubrey Sanchez

"I have been a patient for approx 5 years. The dentists and staff are always delightful and informative. I would recommend your office to others"

Amy Larmore

"Hands down the best dentist I've been to in my 30 years. From the beginning everyone was friendly. The dental hygienist, Paige, put me at ease and was very gentle with the cleaning. The dentist was extremely nice and explained everything to me. I'm so glad I finally found a dentist that I enjoy going to."

Abby Chumin

"Wonderful experience. Staff was very friendly, teeth feel very clean. Explained procedures clearly, communicated openly and were easy to understand. "Greenwood Dental Smiles" is a very fitting name because smiles were abundant all around!"

Jared Wilson

"I highly recommend Greenwood Dental Smiles! Upon entering, I’m greeted by name- who doesn’t love that!? Everyone else I encounter is incredibly friendly and patient with all my questions. Whether I’m there for a cleaning or a different procedure everything is explained to me, step-by-step. The recently remodeled office is always clean. If you’re looking for a new dental office, Greenwood Dental Smiles is the place to go!"

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