Sterilization Procedures

We maintain strict sterilization and cross contamination procedures to conform to rigorous standards in accordance with the ADA (American Dental Association), OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and CDC (Center for Disease Control) guidelines. Our priority is the safety and protection of our patients and our staff!

All instruments are sterilized before they ever enter a treatment area. Sterilization begins with total immersion in a disinfecting ultrasonic sink that removes any microscopic debris. Instruments are then individually sealed and/or wrapped and put into an autoclave that reaches 275 degrees F, and 31 PSI, killing all possible viruses and bacteria. The specialized packaging has an indicator strip to ensure the packages reached the correct temperature and pressure required for proper sterilization. Once per week, we perform a spore test. This is done on each autoclave to confirm that the machines are performing to the highest safety standards. We also replace disposables after every single patient. Disposable items include; suction tips, sheaths for light handles, tray covers, and patient bibs to protect clothing.

During treatment, staff typically wear face shields, masks, safety glasses and gloves. If a staff member needs to leave the treatment room for any reason, gloves are always replaced with a new pair. Patients are always given safety glasses to wear for eye protection. Every treatment room is disinfected with an antibacterial disinfectant solution. The dental chair as well as countertops, x-ray heads, handles, hoses, and any other surfaces used are thoroughly disinfected after each patient.

All staff maintain certifications with the American Heart Association for Basic Life Support (CPR & AED) training. Our clinical staff also attend continuing education courses on infection control, hazard communication, bloodborne pathogens and radiation safety.