There seem to be more dental personnel complaining about dry throats, sniffling, and headaches. Is this a result of the phenolics being sprayed after each patient?
Mild upper-respiratory complaints are non-specific and difficult to apply to specific causes. Scientifically controlled studies related to exposure to any agents are needed before causative statements can be made. Such studies are difficult to conduct and interpret. If spraying chemicals into the environment is causing concern in your office, disinfectants may be applied to surfaces via saturated pads. Dispensers that produce a stream or droplets rather than a spray can also reduce staff exposure to the chemical agent. Using barriers instead of chemical germicides on surfaces between patients also should be considered.