Safe and Effective Dental Care After Covid-19:
Improving Infection Control and Conserving PPE by Treating One Patient at a Time
Reduce PPE Consumption
Exiting and re-entering the operatory consumes PPE unnecessarily. Every dental practice is managing through the current PPE shortage and the uncertainty regarding future PPE cost and supply.
Notably in this context, new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control requires dental healthcare practitioners (DHCPs) that leave the operatory to doff all PPE before exiting the room. Under the new CDC guidelines, another set of PPE will now be consumed for each exit and re-entry.
The reality is, as users of Onset have reinforced “no one is going to want to leave the operatory and come back in once the patient has been seated and treatment has started. The required donning and doffing process is too intense and too expensive to do more than once. Gone are the days of op-to-op dentistry.”
Adopted the Onset Buffering System in your practice reduces latency from the normal 10-12 minutes down to 2 minutes or less. This has allowed the practitioner to sit down with the patient, give the injection, go to work, and complete the procedure without ever leaving the operatory. This also allows them to schedule less time per procedure and to see more patients in a given day. Transition time is a productivity killer and every exit and return to the operatory represented a transition that disrupted the practice’s workflow and cost valuable time.
Buffering with Onset improves your local anesthetic allowing you to complete your procedure without ever leaving the operatory thereby reducing your consumption of PPE
Improve Infection control
Protect your Staff, your Patients, Yourself and your family
In the After Covid-19 environment any not-strictly-essential process that increases potential cross-contamination in the dental office will likely be considered unacceptable, even in the case of anesthetic latency, where the exit-and-return model would otherwise make productive use of anesthetic wait time. It must be emphasized in the current crisis that any process responsible for burning through twice the PPE during a procedure is no longer either practical or cost-effective. For infection control and for PPE conservation, the exit-and-return process should no longer be viewed as the least bad alternative. After Covid-19, exit and return dentistry is simply not a viable option at all.
By treating patients in serial (without leaving the operatory,) you reduce the cross-contamination risk of trying to see and treat multiple patients at once. Buffering with Onset allows you to “Seat, Treat & Complete” each patient which allows you to complete each procedure sooner reducing patients’ chair time and reducing exposure risk.
Maintain Patient Volume
Seeing one patient at a time from start through completion, which eliminates transition time and which, in fact, is the optimal workflow for any task. a practice can see more patients providing treatment serially using what we call “Seat, Treat & Complete” versus going from operatory to operatory treating patients in parallel. In the serial treatment model, the doctor sits down with the patient and does not get up until the procedure is complete. This workflow results in a more natural, predictable, and easily coordinated order of tasks for everyone in the practice.
The benefits of adopting the Seat, Treat & Complete model for delivering dental care After Covid-19 can be summed up as follows:
- Seat, Treat & Complete reduces PPE consumption by 50%.
- Reduces operatory time for procedures by 25%-30%.
- Reduces potential cross-contamination events by 50%.
- Allows offices to maintain pre-Covid-19 practice volume.
Buffering with Onset lets you to see more patients in less time thereby creating the ability to see 2-3 more patients per day, work in serial and maintain your patient workflow.