Due to the growing concern about the transmission of AIDS and
Hepatitis B viruses, we have chosen to share with you some valuable
information about our sterilization methods and infection control
In addition to compliance with requirements from three different
guidelines, we also follow their recommendations for added safety so that
our individual office standards exceed requirements at all times. Our
basic infection control and sterilization methods are as follows:
We appreciate the confidence you have shown by selecting us to meet your dental
health care needs. We welcome any questions you may have and are eager to
show you are sterilization facilities should you so desire. Your health
and protection as well as that of our families is one of our greatest concerns.
We hope this information will relieve any concerns you may have about
sterilizations and safety in our office.
All non-removable surfaces in treatment areas are thoroughly disinfected
between patients and covered with plastic film.
All instruments and instrument trays are thoroughly scrubbed to remove
Instruments are placed in an ultrasonic device that contains a cleaning
solution to further remove debris using ultrasonic vibrations.
All instruments (including hand pieces) are autoclaved by a process that
combines heat and pressure to thoroughly sterilize them.
Needles, unit dose anesthetic cartridges, suction devices cotton and
paper products and gloves are used once and disposed of according to OSHA
Our standard attire now includes scrub suits, masks, gloves, and
protective eye wear. Patients may also have protective eye wear during
procedures if they request them.
Maintenance of infection control standards at this level is costly and time
consuming, but essential in our opinion.