Our dental health practitioners always wear gloves, masks and protective eyewear as a protective barrier for every appointment. Products that go into the patient’s mouth are either used only once and disposed of, or they are sterilized in our sterilization lab.
Dental Health and Safety – Our Sterilization Processes
Autoclave (pressurized steam):
All dental instruments and headpieces (drills) are sterilized in a high-pressure steam autoclave daily. This process is the standard of care. Our computerized autoclave warns us in the event of an incomplete sterilization cycle, and we have protocols in place to correct such issues immediately. As an added precaution, we also use an external biological indicator test to ensure that our autoclave is functioning properly and producing sterile instruments.
All surfaces including countertops, dental chairs, stools, light handles and control buttons are disinfected with chemical solutions before and after every patient. These solutions are not only formulated to eliminate infectious bacteria and viruses that could otherwise proliferate on these surfaces, but the chemicals themselves pose no health threat to our patients.
Many of the items we use today are discarded after a single use. These items include saliva ejectors, high-speed suction tips, drinking cups, rubber cleaning cups, patient bibs, tray covers, sterilization bags, mixing pads, mixing tips, anesthetic carpules, and needle tips, among others. Gloves and masks are also discarded after each use.
Learn More about Dental Health and Safety at 16TH AVENUE DENTAL
If you have any questions about any of our dental health and safety procedures, please do not hesitate to ask us at your next visit.
Our dental practice always welcomes new patients. No referral is required!