KAREN LARTIN, DDS

413.458.6079

Family Dentistry • 279 Main Street • Williamstown, MA 01267

COVID19 Update

June 2021, update:
We are happy to see you and we are still smiling under our masks:)

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires patients and providers in all health care offices to wear masks.
❦ We appreciate your cooperation ❦

 

AIR FILTRATION

Air Filtration is one of the key mitigating factors to making an indoor environment safe, and we’ve got plenty!

The CDC guidelines recommends the use of one or more air quality control methods and recommends a minimum of 6 complete environmental air exchanges per hour.  Despite the fact that we have no open windows on the ground floor, we have FOUR means of air filtration and purification which provide us with almost 10 complete changes per hour(!), and most of that air is already clean before being exchanged.  Our clean air engineering consists of the following:

  1. External air exchange system is running automatically to bring fresh air from outside, temperature corrected and then circulated throughout the building.
  1. UVC air scrubbing unit has been installed into the ductwork— this unit sterilizes the air as it enters the blower system, emitting cleaned air through the heating and cooling system. UVC kills both viruses and bacteria as the air passes through the chamber.
  1. External ventilation is on continuously in the clinic area, this takes stale indoor air and expels it to the outdoors, and so adds to the continuous air turnover.
  1. Dedicated air purification unit in each treatment room. In each treatment room, you will find a white machine that looks a bit like R2D2 from Star Wars; these are air purification units from Surgically Clean Air Company.   These are state of the art hospital/industrial grade filtration systems utilizing 6 stages of filtration for the following: chemical air pollutants, particulate matter such as dust and dander, and organic matter such as viruses and bacteria.  Each of these units takes in air and filters it using UVC, HEPA filters, and charcoal filtration, & ionization.

These engineering controls were placed for your safety, rest assured the air in our building is as clean as is possible!  As usual, all our surfaces and instruments are treated at the level of hospital grade disinfection and sterilization.  We wear a fresh clean lab coat for each patient, and while in the building, we always have our high-level masks on.  We want everyone to be safe, whether you are in the building for 30 minutes, or like us, for eight hours.  You might find it feels cooler in the building since the air is in constant motion, so bring an extra layer to wear if you tend to feel a chill.

 

We look forward to seeing you!