The cornerstone of a good and safe dental practice is the element of trust. Infection control and universal precautions protect both our patients and our staff and this is one of our top priorities. We go to great lengths to make sure that the care you receive is in a clean environment and we have invested in the most advanced sterilization and infection control technology to help us achieve this goal. We follow procedures recommended by several state and federal agencies.
A few of these include:
- Use of anti-bacterial hand soaps and sanitizers
- Use of gloves, face masks, and gowns
- Chemical disinfection of countertops and surfaces
- Sterilization of all equipment before every use
- Proper disposal of sharps and biohazardous materials
- Use of disposable materials
An important part of our infection control program is to provide a safe working environment that will reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections among patients and occupational exposures among staff members. To accomplish this, we use instrument cassettes to organize all our dental instruments and procedure set-ups.
After every patient, all of our reusable equipment, including handpieces, are put through a multi-step process to ensure they are sterile for the next patient. Instruments and cassettes are cleaned in a special dishwasher that removes debris and disinfects them. Afterward, they are put into special bags and then sterilized using an autoclave which is a device that kills bacteria and viruses by steam, heat, and pressure.
Every year our entire team attends training to review all of the laws and guidelines established by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). We are represented by EnviroMerica, a company that works directly with our office to ensure that our procedures are in compliance with all federal, state, county and city regulations.