The three front office staff of this dentist office were all unmasked and working within six feet of the front check in desk. Patients also entered the waiting area without masks and without being asked to mask.
Other mitigation efforts such as air filters were in place. Dentist expressed a confidence that this was sufficient and also stated with a high degree of confidence that particulates from front office staff would not travel further than six feet in the open office environment.
Hygienists and the dentist were masked.
With the highly transmissible Omicron variant spreading, our family does not feel comfortable receiving care from an office that does not follow the full “Swiss cheese” model of layered mitigations. Despite our expressed discomfort, the front office staff never offered to mask.