Advanced Safety Protocol – Topeka, KS

Steps We’re Taking to Make Every Visit Safe

Friendly dental team member behind reception desk

As you are aware, the CDC dropped the recommendations for masks if an individual is fully vaccinated (has had both doses of vaccine and the last dose was 2 or more weeks ago). The CDC is still recommending masks be worn in certain situations like public transportation and healthcare settings. As a healthcare facility we will still require masks be worn in the office in public spaces.

From CDC 5-12-2021:

Healthcare settings refers to places where healthcare is delivered and includes, but is not limited to, acute care facilities, long-term acute care facilities, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, nursing homes and assisted living facilities, home healthcare, vehicles where healthcare is delivered (e.g., mobile clinics), and outpatient facilities, such as dialysis centers, physician offices, and others.

We thank you for your understanding.

Sleep Solutions by Michel Dental considers the health of our patients and employees our top priority. We hope all of our patients are well. We are adhering to strict guidelines. Here are our protocols before coming in for your appointment.

  • Each patient is screened over the phone prior to their appointment for any flu-like symptoms.
  • Payments are taken whenever possible prior to appointment over the phone or via patient portal to reduce patients’ time at the front desk.
  • Health history updates and new patient paperwork is encouraged to be filled out online prior to appointment.
  • Patients are to not bring spouses/significant others, children, etc. to the office unless the patient requires assistance (minor, translator, care giver). If you are bringing a minor child for their appointment, we will ask that one parent come into the lobby with them to sign consent forms then the parent will need to wait in their car.
  • We ask that all patients call our office from their car to announce that they have arrived for their appointments. Patients may call the Topeka office at (785) 503-3162. One of our team members will then let you know if you may proceed inside or remain in your car and a staff person will come get you when they are ready.
  • We ask that each patient wear a mask to their appointment if they have one.
  • When entering the office, you will be asked to utilize the supplied hand sanitizer.
  • Patients will be screened again before being taken back to the treatment area.

Advanced Staff Training

Each member of our team has completed additional awareness and prevention programs to enhance their knowledge and preparedness.

Daily Health Checks of Our Team

No contact temperature checks and a quick set of questions will ensure our team is ready, willing and able to provide safe dental care – every day.

No Handshakes or Hugs

We truly do love our patients. However, we will save our hearty welcomes and goodbyes for a later date when things are "back to normal".

No Office Tours

We enjoy starting every new patient visit by showing off our amazing practice. These tours will have to wait for your next visit.

Personal Hygiene Standards

Along with short hair or hair that is worn up; this means no long fingernails, no jewelry, and no watches for any team member while in the office.

Change Work Clothes at Work

In the past, you might have seen us at the grocery store in our stylish scrubs. No longer. Now, we change into and out of our newly-cleaned scrubs at the office, every day.

Anti-Microbial Rinse

In addition to brushing and flossing before your visit, we will provide an Oracare solution to rinse in your mouth for 60 seconds and reduce bacteria.

Virtual Waiting Room

Now, you can check-in from your car. As a result, you are able to minimize contact with others, bypass the reception area, and go directly to your treatment room.

Pre-Screening of Every Patient

A quick health questionnaire and consent form along with a no-touch temperature check will be completed when you arrive at our office.

Expanded Patient Appointments

In an effort to save you time and multiple exposures, we are offering extended appointments. This allows us to do more dentistry in a single visit.


Some consultations and follow-up visits can be handled via our secure, patient communication portal. It is a cool, ultra-safe, and efficient extension of our office.

Social Distancing in Place

Fewer chairs in our reception area, helpful signs and one-way traffic in our treatment area make 6’ spacing a practical reality.

Cleaning After Every Appointment

We are super clean as we thoroughly wipe, sanitize, and disinfect all instruments, equipment and surfaces in each operatory after every patient.

Deep Cleaning Every Evening

Along with cleaning and sanitizing during the day, we take things to another level at night with a thorough top-to-bottom scrub down.

CDC-Approved Instrument Sterilization

This is standard procedure at all times, and nothing has changed. Anything that goes near your mouth is heat and pressure cleaned between every use.

N95 & ASTM Level 3 Masks

The beautiful smiles of our clinical team – dentists, hygienists, and assistants – will be protected behind double-masking at all times.

Front Desk Masks

Even our friendly administrative team will be wearing ASTM Level 3 masks. Don’t worry. They are smiling behind those masks!

Face Shields

Two masks are not enough. Our clinical team will also protect you and themselves through the use of FDA Approved PET face shields.

Disposable, Protective Coats & Hats

When appropriate, our team will utilize another layer of protection to minimize the spread or absorption of airborne particles.

Advanced Chairside Suction

Whenever possible, we will activate high speed evacuation to minimize aerosol contamination and improve air quality.

HEPA Air Filtration

Our air has never been cleaner. We have added HEPA-grade filters to our HVAC system along with stand-alone air cleaners in each operatory.

No Magazines or Activities

This may make our reception area a little less exciting, but it makes it much safer as well.

Installed Clear Barriers

Hard plastic guards have been placed strategically throughout the practice – and are cleaned regularly – to help block the movement of airborne particles.