Dr. Brent Florine, DDS
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
WHAT ARE WE DOING TO PROTECT YOU FROM COVID-19?
In accordance with CDC recommendations, we screen potential patients for symptoms of respiratory disease, including COVID-19. This allows us to triage sick patients to the safest place for treatment, which is usually a medical setting.
Current Federal and State guidelines are for you to wait in your car in our parking lot, and for us to call when we are ready to be see you. This will always remain an option, but our large reception area allows social distancing well away from other patient families, when waiting inside is again allowed and you are comfortable doing so.
Our newly installed clear countertop screen creates a physical barrier between patients and front office staff, protecting both you and our employees.
Just as all dental offices, we take the universal and effective infection control steps used for decades: We wipe down all surfaces before seating each patient, sterilize all instruments, hand wash thoroughly, and wear gloves and masks for patient encounters. But we have now gone well beyond these minimum requirements.
IMPROVED AIR QUALITY WITH FULL AIR EXCHANGE BETWEEN PATIENTS
In response to COVID-19, we recently upgraded the ventilation system both in our treatment and recovery areas to provide negative pressure airflow, which completely replaces room air between patients with over 17 complete room air exchanges per hour. We have increased the time between patients to assure this complete air exchange, so you will be breathing entirely different air than the previous patient. This eliminates viruses or bacteria lingering in the air following an aerosol-producing procedure, which is sometimes necessary in oral surgery. The CDC recently identified aerosols as a significant risk factor in the spread of COVID-19, so this improvement increases safety for both patients and our staff.
Also in response to COVID-19, all air circulating through our office now is treated with a bipolar ionization process, which creates a plasma field of positive and negative ions from water vapor in the air. These ions attach to very small particles including viruses, somewhat akin to static electricity, and produce clumps of larger particles that are easily filtered and removed from the air by the HVAC system. These ions also disrupt and deactivate the living protein surface coats of viruses, bacteria and molds, killing them and rendering them no longer harmful. Laboratory testing had shown bipolar ionization is effective against other coronaviruses, so we presumptively and optimistically installed ionizers early in the COVID crisis. Subsequent testing completed in June of 2020 concluded that ionization neutralizes 99.4% of the SARS-CoV-2 virus responsible for COVID-19 at 30 minutes. We are pleased to offer this air quality protection to our patrons and staff.
Bipolar ionization improves office air quality.
We are committed to protecting you and our staff from the risk of COVID-19, and are closely monitoring Federal and State recommendations for ways to better protect you and our staff. We are taking an aggressive approach to changes in how we do things, and not waiting for a mandate. If a suggestion, recommendation or guideline is made, rest assured we will be aware of it and implement more changes if there is a reasonable amount of science to back it up.
Dr. Brent Florine
Oral Surgery Care
What sets Oral Surgery Care apart?
Going to a Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon means that your oral surgeon has completed and passed a rigorous evaluation and testing process pertaining to all aspects of oral and maxillofacial surgery. Dr. Florine is certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and lectures at local and national dental continuing education meetings on a number of topics. Dr. Florine has been meeting oral surgery needs in the Twin Cities since 1987.
Up-to-date surgical equipment and techniques have always been the standard in our office. We were one of the first offices in Minnesota to have introduced digital radiography, which reduces radiation dosage to the patient by approximately 80% and eliminates environmentally hazardous by-products produced by conventional x-ray processing. Our office staff is committed to making your visit as comfortable and stress-free as possible. We are proud of our commitment to excellence and we welcome you to our practice! We would be honored to meet your oral surgery needs.
- We are conveniently located in Eagan, MN
- Over 30 years of oral surgery experience
- Our caring staff treats you in a personable and confidential fashion
- Our goal is to make your visit a pleasant one
- Every effort is made to see emergencies immediately
A Word About Internet and Social Media Reviews
While we make no claim of perfection, we ALWAYS respond to concerns raised by our patients, and do the best we can to bring a satisfactory resolution to their concerns IF we know about them. Federal law restricts health care providers from releasing any information about our patients without their permission, thereby making it impossible to respond to an anonymous adverse or negative “rating” on any number of websites. As you may know, lawsuits have been filed against websites, including well known social media sites, alleging that if a “target” declined to advertise on that site, negative ratings appeared. In some cases a negative anonymous rating appears first and if the provider wants to respond in any way, or if any other patient wants to post a positive review in response, a fee would be charged, which discourages responses. Those who post negative anonymous ratings, often distorting the facts to render them unrecognizable, choose to hide behind their freedom of speech rights. The pride we take in our work hasn’t lessened in the thirty years we’ve practiced oral surgery and we have thousands of satisfied patients. The internet is used for both good and not so good purposes in a free society, but for those of us whose reputation has been built through years of hard work and effort to deliver the highest quality care, it is a frustration we’ve been forced to learn to live with. We invite any prospective patient who wishes to speak with an existing or past patient as a means of evaluating our practice to contact us and we will place them in contact with each other given their mutual consent.