Guerra Dental is here for you. Because of the Novel Corona Virus we are taking extra precautions to make sure that all of our patients are protected. We are happy to be open for emergency patients over the next few weeks as we deal with this virus. Dr Guerra spent over 20 years in the Air Force Dental Corp and ended his military career as the Director of Dental Services at the United States Air Force Academy. He has always used the highest level of sterilization and care for all patients and will continue those practices with this new threat.
Covid 19 Overview
A respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus named COVID-19, which was first reported in Wuhan, China at the end of 2019, has begun spreading globally.
Individuals with the confirmed cases of COVID-19 have shown the following symptoms as the most common: fever, tiredness, shortness of breath and dry cough.
The primary recommendation to protect yourself from COVID-19 has been to wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your face, practice social distancing (avoiding close contact). Using masks for those who are ill and gloves for those who are not is recommended. The incubation period for this respiratory illness is approximately 14 days but can be as long as 28 which is why those who are suspected to have the infection are asked to self-isolate for at least two weeks.
Fortunately, around 80% of the infected patients recover from the coronavirus without requiring special treatment. However, 1 in 6 people who get COVID-19 develop serious symptoms such as breathing difficulty. The coronavirus disease puts elderly and vulnerable individuals with pre-existing conditions at a higher risk of developing serious complications from the disease.
Colorado Springs Guerra Dental Response
Since early March, the number of confirmed cases has increased in the United States. In order to ensure the safety of our patients and staff members, Guerra Dental has implemented additional public health measures in accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO). These precautionary measures include:
- Only treat patients who are an emergency appointment
- Reschedule all non-emergency appointments
- Take the body temperature of staff and patients to check for fever
- Frequently disinfect high traffic surfaces like door handles in addition to our above-standard waiting room, operating room and equipment disinfection protocols.
- Use of rubber dams when possible to reduce cross-contamination from saliva
- Ask patients to pre-rinse and post-rinse with a mouthwash containing oxidative agents that can reduce the spread of the virus
- Ask staff who are unwell to stay home
Sources: Transmission routes of 2019-nCoV and controls in dental practice (Nature), Prevention of Coronavirus (CDC), Q&A on Corona (WHO), COVID-19 Report (WHO),