Proper and effective sterilization of all dental instruments is probably one of the most important aspects of a dental practice. But it is frequently overlooked by many patients.
At our Orange, CT dental practice, we have an unwavering commitment to patient safety by utilizing sterilization techniques and protocols that exceed the regulations for dental practices.
We utilize a strict approach to infection control and hazardous waste management by incorporating techniques recommended by:
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
- Center for Disease Control (CDC)
- American Dental Association (ADA)
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Our hospital grade autoclaves use a combination of steam and extreme heat to effectively kill all organisms including the HIV and hepatitis viruses, all bacteria, and others. Our instruments remain sealed and untouched until ready to use on our patients.
Other Infection Control Measures
- Chemical disinfection of all counter tops and surfaces after every patient.
- Use of disposable materials for items that cannot be safely and 100% sterilized.
- Disinfectant hand soap.
- Headrest covers and other barrier protection devices.
We also perform weekly spore testing on our autoclave to insure it is operating correctly. The weekly schedule exceeds the requirements of all regulatory agencies for dental practices. The spore samples are sent to a specific lab to test them and the results are reported back to us. We record the results in our sterilization logbook.