Sterilization

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At our office, your health is our number one priority. Our doctors and staff are highly trained and dedicated to meeting and exceeding the latest sterilization techniques and guidelines recommended by several federal and state agencies: the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the American Dental Association (ADA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). You can be assured that everything from the water lines to the instruments used in your treatment is thoroughly sterilized for your safety and protection.

All clinical staff members thoroughly wash their hands before and after treating each patient. Universal precautions are followed by wearing protective clothing, face masks, gloves and eye protection. Also for your safety, we will provide eye shields during treatment.

Instruments are cleaned with an ultrasonic machine and examined to ensure that they are free of any residue that can hinder the sterilization process. Then they are packaged and inserted into an autoclave (sterilization device) which uses a combination of extreme pressure and high temperature to sterilize all instruments used in patients’ mouths. After they are sterilized, items are stored in clean cabinets and drawers until they are used. They are unwrapped from their sterilization packets only when the dental expert is ready to use them on a patient. The autoclave equipment is tested to ensure that it is effective at killing disease-causing pathogens.

We use barriers wherever feasible to prevent contaminants from touching treatment room surfaces. All disposable items used during your treatment that are made of plastic or paper are used only once, then thrown away. Other non-disposable plastic or metal items that cannot be sterilized, including countertops and surfaces, are carefully cleaned and treated with a clinical disinfectant that neutralizes the disease pathogens and viruses.

Anesthetic needles and sutures are used once and then discarded in a specially constructed re-enforced container for storing used sharp instruments. These contaminated sharp items and other medical waste are not thrown into the mainstream trash, but are destroyed.