Dental Clinic

COVID-19 Protocols

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that is transmitted person-to-person when people are in close contact or through respiratory droplets. Respiratory droplets are produced when a person coughs, talks, or sneezes. Any individuals are at risk for contracting the illness and developing mild symptoms. Older adults and individuals who have underlying medical conditions are at a higher risk for serious complications from the virus.

The Dental Hygiene Education Clinic has several safeguards and practices in place to minimize the risk of exposure for our clients and clinicians.

Dental procedures that generate aerosols or the production of plumes can increase the risk of spreading airborne illness, including the virus responsible for COVID-19, and increase the potential for exposure. The procedures completed within the dental hygiene clinic that may produce aerosols include routine prophylaxis appointments, periodontal maintenance appointments, non-surgical periodontal scaling and root planing, and sealants. The source of the aerosol generation includes the use of ultrasonic scaler, air/water syringe, and the use of the high speed and low speed hand piece.

To mitigate the risk to patients, students, staff, and faculty, aerosol-generating procedures are restricted to designated areas of the clinics. These procedures are completed with the use of highspeed evacuation (HVE) and the use of clinical assistants.

These prevention practices are applied to all patient care to prevent the spread of infections among patients

  1. Hand hygiene.
  2. Use of personal protective equipment (e.g., gloves, masks, eyewear).
  3. Respiratory hygiene / cough etiquette.
  4. Sharps safety (engineering and work practice controls).
  5. Safe injection practices (i.e., aseptic technique for parenteral medications).
  6. Sterile instruments and devices.
  7. Clean and disinfected environmental surfaces.

Our location

IU South Bend Dental Education
Education and Arts Building, Room 1201
1002 S. Esther Street
South Bend, Indiana 46615
phone: 574-520-4156