Infection control and universal precautions protect clients and staff alike. Everyone benefits from rigorous infection control you, your dentist, and the dental team.
Instruments that can withstand high temperatures are sterilized in a steam autoclave by using steam under pressure in an oven-like environment. This method of sterilization kills viruses and other microscopic organisms capable of causing diseases. Other instruments that cannot withstand the degree of heat are either disposable and thrown away or placed into a cold sterile solution. To keep all of our equipment safe for you, we perform weekly spore testing of all three steam claves in our office.
You will also notice that we use disposable barriers on surfaces such as light handles, headrest covers, and water syringes. Your health is our concern!
The best defense against disease is information. The more you know, the better equipped you are to make wise decisions about your healthcare. The more you know about our daily procedures and policies, the more comfortable you will feel.
Dr. Oaxaca, Dr. Ong, Dr. Jensen, and our entire team follow procedures recommended by several federal agencies: the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). These measures include:
- Disinfectant hand soap
- Gloves and face masks
- Chemical disinfection of countertops and surfaces
- Sterilization of all equipment before every use
- Disposable materials
- Eye protection for patients
- Use of protective barriers
Keeping Your Water Safe
We use the latest technology with the Sterisil-Straw system for waterline purification. The Sterisil Straw works 365 days to continuously disinfect dental unit water lines. It provides safe and clean water by shocking the water as lines are being used, and it continually sterilizes and removes any bacterial or viral organisms and impurities.