Dear valued patients and members of the community,

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines.

While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety. Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice, and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it is both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up to date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations. You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff.

For example:

  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You will be asked those same questions again when you are in the office and your temperature will be taken.
  • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
  • You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you are offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment and may mean you need to wait in your car until your appointment time.
  • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 206-935-1855 or visit our website at www.westseattlesmileco.com. Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Drs. Johnston and Johnston and the WSSC Team




Nitrous oxide or laughing gas, can be used to take the edge off of procedures that may cause anxiety. In a few short minutes, you’ll feel much more at ease. This can be safely used on children and adults. Nitrous is completely reversible, you do not need a driver, and you will be ok to resume your normal daily routine at the end of your appointment.


Oral Sedation

Dental fears are real. With regards to a dental visit, it is estimated around 75% of adults have some amount of fear or anxiety. Oral sedation is a wonderful way to help patients relax and sometimes sleep through a procedure. Oral sedation is much less invasive than IV sedation, and requires a driver to and from the appointment to assure the patient safely gets home.

Oral sedation has also been shown to help reduce severe gag reflexes that limit the ability to work in certain areas of the mouth.


IV Sedation

This type of sedation is done on a case by case basis. We work with a local licensed dental anesthesiologist who will put you in a deeper level of sedation. Please inquire.

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