Ways to Improve Air Quality at Dental Offices
With the recent COVID-19 outbreak, maintaining clean air quality in dental offices has become a top priority for dental care professionals. Improving air quality is not possible just with the use of a central air conditioning system and high suction. Therefore, professionals are looking for ways to reduce aerosols and splatter.
Here are some effective ways to improve the quality of air in dental offices.
Regular Servicing of Your HVAC System
To maintain the air quality in your office, it is important that you get the HVAC system regularly serviced so that it functions effectively. Use high-quality filters and replace them regularly since air conditioning systems are known to recirculate bacteria, air, viruses, and other airborne particles.
Install Commercial-Grade Exhaust Fans
Installing a commercial grade exhaust fan will maintain negative pressure in the room, thus cleaning the air. Negative pressure is created when the amount of air leaving the room is more than the amount of air entering the room. This reduces the presence of aerosol in the room, thus maintaining healthy air in the dental office.
Install Air Scrubbers
An air scrubber uses UV light to cleanse the air by eliminating germs and other airborne particles in the air or on surfaces like tabletops and doorknobs. Specific air scrubber models can get rid of almost 90% of airborne microbes as well as up to 99% of surface microbes like staph and black mold.
Use an ERV System (Energy Recovery Ventilator)
An ERV system draws fresh air into the building and, at the same time, pushes out stale air, thus improving the quality of air. While drawing in the fresh air, the ERV system ensures that the room’s pre-conditioned cooling or heating is retained. However, an ERV does not detox the air, so combine with an air scrubber to cleanse the air.
Use a standalone APM (Air Purification Machine)
An APM is highly effective in reducing the presence of transmittable bio-aerosols. APM’s should be installed close to patients while performing aerosol producing procedures. While selecting an APM, always check the quality of the filters used. Also, verify the airflow capacity and sound level before installing one.
Use HVE Systems for Hygiene Procedures
An HVE system is a suction device that draws in large quantities of air over a period. This system effectively controls aerosols and splatter that contain pathogens, saliva, blood, and bacteria. Studies suggest that HVE systems can reduce up to 95% of aerosols, thus ensuring healthy air in a dental office.
Use N95 Masks
As compared to surgical and other regular masks available, N95 masks have a much higher filtration rate. N95 masks can filter out almost 95% of air particles, including viruses, bacteria, and aerosols.
Use all the above tips, combined with an application of high infection control standards, to maintain the clean air quality in dental offices and to help all patients, professionals, and staff stay healthy.
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