Seasons of Smiles Dental is excited to inform our patients that we have purchased HEPA filtration units for our office. We will be placing one in each operatory and also in the waiting room area. By using the new air filtration units, we hope to ensure an added level of comfort for our patients.
How HEPA filtration works
HEPA filtration, High-Efficiency Particulate Air, works by forcing air through a fine mesh that traps harmful particles such as pollen, pet dander, smoke, and other airborne particles. It was first created in the 1940s as a way to remove radioactive particles from the air. Derived from gas masks, the US Army needed air filtration for headquarters, and the use of gas masks was not practical. Thus, room filtration devices were created. There are different grades of HEPA filtration that are used in many different areas of industry.
Essentially MEDIFY AIRX HEPA filtration will purify our operatories within 15 minutes.
Our office will be using MEDIFY AIRX HEPA filtration units. MEDIFY AIRX is a USA family-based company ranked #1 on the market that produces H13 medical-grade HEPA filters. We have learned that COVID 19 cannot stand alone in thin air. COVID 19 must attach to something such as sneezes, coughs, and most importantly, dental aerosols. H11 HEPA filter tests up to 99.97% efficiency on particles down to 0.3 microns in size. H13 has the capability to filter down to 0.1 microns. COVID-19 falls in between 0.125 microns but travels in biological aerosols, which range 0.5-3 microns in size.
Keeping you safe
Please be assured that after a patient leaves the room, surfaces and equipment are completely disinfected. We use a broad spectrum antimicrobial disinfectant in our operatories. Along with proper sterilization of instruments and materials, personal protective equipment (PPE) is an important safety precaution that is part of oral health care services. The use of air purifiers will be another measure we take to keep our office safe. Dental professionals rely on experts such as the CDC and OSHA to guide us in the latest safety control recommendations. While we understand this may seem like a lot, our ultimate goal is to have our patients be safe and also to feel safe when they come in for dental care.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call our office during regular business hours at 207-236-4740 or email us at https://www.seasons-of-smiles.com/
Samantha is a Registered Dental Hygienist at Seasons of Smiles in Camden Maine. She graduated from the University of Maine in Bangor with her Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene.