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What We Are Doing to Keep You and Our Team Safe.



We are excited to have the opportunity to welcome you back! Our office has always utilized personal protective equipment (PPE) that has exceeded all the CDC guidelines, however, in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic we have instituted additional guidelines and protocols to ensure your safety.

You will see many changes, as we have new ways of scheduling your appointments and managing your insurance and financial transactions. First, you will be contacted 48-72 hours prior to your appointment via phone, text or email and asked a set of health-related questions. It is required that we complete this questionnaire prior to your appointment. We will have to reschedule your appointment if we are unable to complete this step.

Below is a list of some of the enhanced precautions we have taken to protect you in addition to extensive team training on infection control and patient management procedures.

1.  Personalized arrival procedures to guide you from your car directly to treatment rooms to eliminate contacting surfaces.
2.  Maintain distancing in the reception area for essential caregivers and parents of minors if they cannot wait in a vehicle or outside the clinic.
3.  Removed magazines and items that can harbor or transfer germs of any kind. Hand sanitizers will be positioned throughout the clinic.
4.  Providing more education materials to enhance your awareness of health issues related to this pandemic.
5.  We require a mask to be worn by ALL patients upon entering the office.
6.  Installed sneeze guards or droplet barriers at all reception areas.
7.  Require hand washing and hand sanitizing before all appointments by our team and by our patients.
8.  Introduce an oral pre rinse by all patients to reduce exposure to germs.
9.  Require all team members to undergo periodic testing for COVID-19 and antibodies for the earliest detection of exposure should it exist.
10.  Record temperature of every patient upon entering the office.
11.  Record the temperature and lung efficiency of every team member each day at beginning and end of work period.
12.  Payment arrangements in advance to avoid delay and allow contactless exit from the appointment.
13.  Enhanced operatory disinfection procedures of all surfaces between patients.
14.  Ambient air management with HEPA 13 air filtration continuously in treatment rooms and common areas to remove germs from circulating air.
15.  Enhanced HVAC disinfection with UV light or HEPA Filtration units.
16.  Enhanced operatory disinfection procedures before and after all appointments with mist or fogging devices to access hard to reach places that can be easily missed.
17.  New personal protection equipment like visors, gowns, and masks for our doctors and team to provide barriers against the smallest of germs.
18.  Introduce protocols to reduce or eliminate airborne aerosols during all dental procedures.
19.  Enhanced nightly disinfection procedures of equipment and office fixtures like computers, keyboards, telephones, tablets, chairs, doorknobs, and buttons that may be touched unconsciously.
20.  Disinfection of all outside mail and packages that enter the building.
21.  Longer appointment times for you to prepare and complete all appointment tasks and duties in the safest and most comprehensive manner.
22.  Providing teledentistry services for follow up lab reports or communication that can be done online or through video education.
23.  Provide disease testing recommendations for exposure detection to viruses.

Preventive Dentistry at Goichi Shiotsu, DDS
Mercer Island, WA



Elder woman getting her preventive checkup by her Mercer Island Dentist at Goichi Shiotsu, DDS.Here at Goichi Shiotsu, DDS, patient education is our top priority. When you understand how and why your mouth does the things it does, you are much more likely to take great care of it. As we all know, it costs much less to prevent an issue from happening with easy upkeep than trying to fix an issue after it has already occurred – your mouth is no exception.

Cleanings and Exams

The most important part of preventing dental issues from occurring is to brush and floss regularly, but also, don’t forget to come in at least twice a year for a professional cleaning and examination. Cleanings and exams are critical to keeping your mouth in great shape. When we examine your mouth, we can detect oral health maladies while they are still small, and hopefully reversible.

Non-Surgical Gum Treatment

Non-surgical gum treatment, also known as scaling and root planing is a great way to prevent gums that are affected by periodontitis from becoming inflamed. Periodontitis is a condition that is caused by bacterial build-up below the gumline, which inflames the gums, causing infection. Non-surgical gum treatment is a procedure where we use an ultrasonic scaler below the gumline to break-up and remove plaque and tartar.

Oral Hygiene

As mentioned above, good oral hygiene is the key to a healthy mouth. Brushing after meals in the morning and evening is the best way to break up and wash away bacteria in the mouth. Flossing should be done once a day to keep the surfaces between your teeth healthy. Don’t forget to come in twice a year for regular cleaning and examination!

Extractions

There are a few different scenarios where teeth end up needing to be removed with tooth extraction. The most common reason for tooth extraction is extreme tooth decay. When teeth aren’t taken care of for a long time, and decay finds it’s way into the core of a tooth, sometimes we can save it with a root canal. If the damage is so extensive that a root canal won’t save it, we will recommend an extraction.

Another common scenario where extraction is an often recommended is physical trauma to a tooth that cant be repaired. Sometimes we can repair teeth that have minor chips or cracks, other times the damage is toe extensive, and extraction is the only solution. No matter the reason for your extraction, it is important that you consider tooth replacement following the procedure.

Mouthguards

If you wake up still feeling tired or groggy, there is a good chance that you grind your teeth at night. We offer mouthguards that save your teeth from the wear and tear of nighttime tooth grinding, and can help to give you better sleep!

Fillings

At the start of routine cleanings and exams, we will sometimes recommend an X-ray of your mouth. We use these X-rays to see soft spots in your teeth where the enamel is wearing thin. This is the start of a cavity. Our goals are to help you avoid cavities. When you do have a cavity, we use a dental drill to remove the infected portion of the tooth and fill it in with a filling.
Goichi Shiotsu, DDS Logo - Mercer Island Dentist
Location
2825 80th Ave SE, Suite 3
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Hours: Tuesday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm
(206) 232-3600