Coronavirus Update

Coronavirus Update

At this time Dr. O is providing essential care according to CDC guidelines. This falls into one of the following categories:

  • You are in pain and the pain is coming from your teeth, bone around your teeth, or jaw joints
  • You have a dental infection, swelling around a tooth, root canal or former root canal
  • You have deep decay or cavities that can cause infections or root canals
  • Your have missing teeth significantly affecting your ability to eat
  • Your doctor has referred you for care

Air Filtration Demonstration

New Patient Protocol at Integrative Dentistry

We are open two days/week and can see you for any of the above situations. Dr. O’Rielly has had extensive precautions in place for a number of years, so it has been a fairly simple matter for him to adapt to the current situation.

We have an extensive protocol that the doctor and his assistant follow.  We also have a protocol for our patients. Should you decide to schedule an appointment, the protocol will be sent to you when the visit is confirmed.

All new patients are requested to email current Xrays and to fill out a form about their history here:

Once Dr. O has reviewed your records, we will reach out to you by phone or email to schedule an appointment. Thank you.

The filter on the right, our ‘Elephant Hose’ High-Speed Filtration Unit, is effective in removing airborne microbes and aerosols. Dr. O. has five of these units in his office to continuously clean and filter the air. The filter on the left has a UV light that kills airborne microbes and viruses.

Dr. O’s new filtration unit, ‘Darth Vader,’  is rated to remove airborne particals as small as 0.12 microns. Dr. O is excited about this new filter’s ability to remove Coronavirus, which is 0.15 microns, and thus can be safely removed from the environment.

Patient Protocol for Dental Appointment

When you come to Integrative Dentistry for an appointment, you will notice a few things are different from your last dental experience. When you enter, use the hand wipes on the stand and throw away into the covered trash can. You may sit in the waiting room or go out on the deck and sit in the chair until we are ready.

You will be asked to come back to the treatment room, a bib will be placed and then you will be asked to rinse with a solution of Peroxide 3% and an Iodine product. Rinse for 10-20 seconds and then spit back out in the cup. This is a combination that has been shown to be effective against Rhinovirus and Coronavirus. Don’t worry it’s totally natural with no additives, chemicals or alcohol. It doesn’t smell or stain and has a minty taste.

Dr O and his assistant Patty have a new protocol to follow as well. After Dr O greets you, he will excuse himself to go wash his hands and then put on a surgical gown, his N95 mask, and his goggles and protective shield. Then he will put on his gloves in order to treat you. This is to keep everything clean and sterile.

He will then turn on both DentAirVacs, the ‘Elephant Hose’’ filters. These are high speed suction and filtration units that whisk the air from the field of the dental work and filter it. This is to prevent aerosols from escaping into the room.

After each visit, Patty double wipes all surfaces twice and flushes all lines and equipment. Then she removes all instruments, drills, etc. and thoroughly sterilizes them. We test our sterilizer for each load that we do to make sure everything is totally sterile. She also flushes all the lines and cleans the air with ozone. Patty worked in a hospital during her rotations at dental school in Mexico City, so she is very familiar with infection control.

15 minutes are left between patients so Patty has time to do all the above. During this time the door is left open allowing fresh air to come into the room. On top of this the Elephant Hoses are left on for 15 minutes. Each DentAirVac is rated to clean a room every five minutes, so by the time 15 minutes are up, each filter has dried and filtered the air at least 3 times.

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One of the services dentists in California have had to eliminate is teeth cleanings. This includes all routine recall appointments. While this is not a big problem short term, long term it’s an issue. The gums and the mucosal lining of the mouth is exposed to the outside world and susceptible to microbial growth and infections. If you don’t get cleanings done on a regular basis, then these microbes make a home around your teeth and under your gums, creating constant inflammation. These microbes can also gain access to the rest of your body, because bleeding or ‘leaky’ gums can give aggressive microbes access to your bloodstream.

How Dentistry Can Meet the Challenge of the Coronavirus

How Dentistry Can Meet the Challenge of the Coronavirus

Due to the changing global landscape caused by the Coronavirus, dentistry has had to adapt as well.  Based on the ‘shelter in place’ mandate issued by California’s governor, all elective, non essential services are going to be suspended.  This is the guidance from the CDA, the ADA, the CDC and Home Health as well. But what does that mean?  If you have an appointment for a non essential dental procedure like a cleaning, you’ll need to reschedule your appointment.  However, if you have an essential need that can’t wait, then you should definitely seek care and not put it off.  What is essential care? Read more to find out.