SMART PATIENT PROTECTION – Sections E and F: Complete Facial Cover and Neck Wrap
Protective gowns and covers for the dentist, dental personnel, and the patient should be in place.(28) All present in the room should be protected because substantial quantities of particles generated during the procedure will elude collection by suction devices.(29) It has been demonstrated that these particles can be spread from the patient’s mouth to the patient’s knee, and to the chest, shoulder, and neck of the dentist and dental assistant. (30)
In order to protect the patient’s skin and clothing, a full body, impermeable barrier, as well as a full head/face/neck barrier under/around the dam, should be utilized.(42 43)
OPTIONAL ADD-ON: While not specified in the SMART recommendations, the safety glasses patients wear will inevitably accumulate mercury contaminated particulate matter on them. In order to clean them properly we offer a container of mercury wipes. Mercury wipes can also be used on counters and equipment.