In these days of concern about the spread of contagious disease, we want you to know that patient protection is our top priority in our office. We are doing everything within our capabilities to assure the sterility and safety of our working environment. By following the guidelines of both the Center for Disease Control and the National Institute of Health, as well as continually reviewing updates on infection control materials and techniques, we are optimizing our ability to achieve this in our office. Our commitment is to provide you, the same standards that we expect and demand for our own families and ourselves.
Many long hours have gone into the design of our patient protection system. The use of fresh gloves and masks, and protective eyewear are some of the more prominent steps that are taken to ensure your safety. But what goes on behind the scenes? What steps are taken that are not so obvious to you?
Between each patient, the treatment rooms are thoroughly wiped with a surface disinfectant. The instruments are put through a system of ultrasonic scrubbing (the same system that a jeweler might use to clean fine jewelry) and then sterilized with a large, pressurized steam oven called an autoclave. The instruments are packaged in such a fashion that ensures they are never touched before actual setup in the treatment room, and when the instruments are touched it is with gloved hands. All of our handpieces (drills) are also thoroughly wiped with the surface disinfectant and then sterilized in a pressured steam oven. All of our prophy angles (cleaning & polishing instrument) are disposable so that you and your family can be assured that you will always have a fresh new one every time you have your teeth cleaned. We use disposable products whenever possible to eliminate cross-infection.
We hope by making you, our valued patient, more aware of what measures are being taken on your behalf, that your trust and confidence in our team will make your visits a little more comfortable. If you feel any of your friends or family members would appreciate knowing about our patient protection program, we ask that you share this information with them, so that they too may enjoy the knowledge and confidence you have in our infection control. Please feel free to call our office if you have any questions or concerns. We welcome the opportunity to discuss this or any other dental matter with you.