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*COVID-19 Update – Transitioning to Phase 2
To all Patients of Sahali Dental Centre,
We will be re-opening our office soon with very specific guidelines in place to ensure the safety of our patients, our staff, and the community at large. Thank you for your patience, cooperation and understanding. We are looking forward to seeing you again to provide dental services in this new normal.
June 1, 2020 – Dr. Shinkewski and Dr. Neilson
June 5, 2020 – Dr. Li
As directed by the Provincial Health Officer, the College of Dental Surgeons, and WorkSafeBC, dental offices in the province are now re-opening with strict new guidelines to help keep patients and staff safe. In the early stages we will be focusing more on taking care of the backlog of emergency and urgent treatment, as well as patients that had appointments cancelled during the past two months. Over time we will transition to more and more elective and routine care as well. Please bear with us as we work hard to fit you into our schedule based on your level of need. If you had an emergency during the COVID-19 closure, or a cancelled appointment, we will be calling you. If you are experiencing pain or swelling at the present time, please call us right away.
Dental offices have always had to comply with strict infection control protocols designed to safeguard against the spread of severely contagious diseases. In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we have implemented the following additional safety protocols. Despite the strictest infection control protocols, it is always safest to stay at home, especially if you are over 70, or you have lung disease, heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes, or are immunocompromised in any way.
Enhanced COVID-19 Safety Protocols as of May 2020
- Employees are screened daily for COVID-19 risk factors (symptoms, temperature, contact with suspected cases, etc.) and a log is kept. Those at risk of being infected are required to self-isolate for 14 days prior to returning to work.
- Patients are screened for COVID-19 risk factors and pre-existing conditions when scheduling an appointment, and upon arrival. Patient temperatures are taken and recorded at check-in. If risk factors are present, the appointment will be deferred.
- Upon entry and exit to the office, everyone must use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Plexiglass barriers have been installed at the reception desks, and chairs in the waiting room are 2 metres apart. Patients are encouraged to bring a mask and wear it in non-clinical areas.
- To facilitate patient physical distancing, schedules are being staggered and patients are being asked to come to the office no sooner than 5 minutes before their appointment time. After treatment is completed, patients are guided to the checkout desk individually to avoid crowding.
- Employees are practicing 2 metre physical distancing in common areas, such as reception, offices, and the lunchroom.
- All touched surfaces in common areas (counters, doorknobs, light switches, bathrooms, chairs) are cleaned at least twice daily with disinfection wipes. Debit terminals, pens and clipboards are wiped after each patient use. All magazines, books and kid’s toys have been removed.
- Clinical staff will be wearing gloves, eye protection, appropriate mask, face shield, scrubs, and sometimes a gown or lab coat. They will change into their clinical clothing when they get to work and change back into their street clothes when they leave. Non-clinical staff will wear gloves and a mask when disinfecting the common areas.
- Before treatment, patients are asked to use a 1% hydrogen peroxide mouth rinse for 60 seconds to reduce the viral and bacterial quantities in the mouth.
- To reduce aerosols, a rubber dam and high-volume suction is used whenever possible during treatment.
- Treatment rooms are very thoroughly cleaned and wiped with disinfectant after each patient. Clinical equipment such as face shields, computer keyboards, patient eye protection, etc. are all disinfected after every treatment.
We appreciate your patience, cooperation and understanding as we adhere to these strict safety guidelines.
The Sahali Dental Team
Daryl Shinkewski, DMD
Glenn Neilson, DMD
Dali Li, DMD
To view our complete WorkSafe Office Safety Plan, click Here
When you visit our office, your smile is our top priority.
Our entire team is dedicated to providing you with the personalized, gentle care that you deserve.
Our practice philosophy emphasizes prevention and Patient Education. Our primary goal is to help patients avoid or minimize dental decay, gum disease, tooth fracture and wear, as well as other oral health problems. This is why we focus on thorough, regular exams and cleanings, appropriate x-rays when needed (digital x-rays with minimal radiation), and educating patients so they can achieve optimal oral health.
When treatment is required, we use up-to-date proven techniques and materials, and take pride in the quality of our work. We provide treatment services in all facets of general dentistry, with a particular passion for restorative and cosmetic work. We also value having a very good working relationship with Specialists in the Kamloops area, so we can coordinate more complicated multidisciplinary treatment, or simply provide a higher level of expertise in difficult cases.
Part of our commitment to serving our patients includes providing information that helps them to make more informed decisions about their oral health needs. This website is a resource we hope you’ll find helpful in learning more about our practice, dental conditions and treatments, dental recommendations, as well as the answers to frequently asked questions.
New Patients Call : 250-374-3323
Regular Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday 7:30 to 4:30
Friday - Saturday 8:00 to 4:30
We are located at #208-1211 Summit Drive, Kamloops, BC