ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGES KO has gone above and beyond any suggestions from the CDC and OSHA for your safety. We began researching immediately when the pandemic broke. We brought in an HVAC engineer to advise and design the changes that we have subsequently made. Some folks are interested in the details of what we have done, so we are providing the low-down on the changes we have made:
Three Furnaces/AC units have been replaced with high efficiency units including: 3 Bryant Cor Air Purifier Systems – HEPA filtration
3 Second Wind 2000 Germicidal UV-C light units
3 Aprilaire humidifiers to maintain 40-60% humidity (the virus doesn’t like humidity)
Two “Air Isolation Rooms” Besides our new office HVAC constantly recirculating air filtration, we have also converted 2 private rooms to “air isolation units” that can be switched to “negative pressure” as necessary. Each room has its own Microcon EXC7UV hospital grade HEPA and UV-C light filtration units with Echophan blower. The air exchange rates can be varied from 6 > 14 air changes/ hour (ACH). These rooms will be used for specific procedures and filtration adjusted for complete air changes every 5 minutes. These two rooms are not mandated or required. However, in combination with the other filtration enhancements in the office, we believe we have likely reduced the potential transmission of most any type of airborne infectious diseases (e.g., colds, flu, strep, pneumonia, COVID, and it will help with allergies, too).
Two Jade Surgically-Clean Air Purifiers – self-contained standalone HEPA/UV light filters.
We now also have a 3rd M11 Autoclaves in our laboratory, along with a Lab Hood Vent Exhaust. We also ordered 2 UPang UV-C sterilizing cabinets.
Each operatory unit is equipped with Hu-Friedy Antimicrobial Agent Waterline Filters.
We have invested in a variety of brand-new options for aerosol mitigation at each of our operatory units. Some catch aerosols intraorally, others just at the edge of your lips, and others are mobile filtration units (e.g. HealthyAir Source Dental Aerosol Extractor) that also have self-contained HEPA/UV filtration and function as aerosol “scavengers” near your face.
We have converted 2 private orthodontic “records” rooms with new chairs for digital intraoral scanning using our iTero Element scanners. Scanning replaces most goopy impressions for fabricating Invisalign, retainers, and other appliances. We also added a chair to an alcove for simple, quick procedures, and instructions.
We ask that you contact us when you arrive, we’ll communicate with you before permitting entry. (We will ask medical history questions, does the patient have any broken braces that would necessitate a different appointment, confirm that the patient used the bathroom at home and also brushed thoroughly before coming to the office, that patient checked that their temperature and it is less than 100 degrees, and that they are wearing their own mask or face-covering, etc.
Only the patient will enter our Portage office. We will verify their temperature (we have 3 different methods to confirm) and if >100F, then we will re-appoint. Our office will be maintained MOVIE THEATRE–ICE COLD (we are all wearing HOT PPE), so please bring your own sweater or sweatshirt to keep warm.