recent television shows and other media exposures have caused a great
deal of concern regarding sterilization Procedures and infection control
procedures. These issues are a very important segment of the dental care
that we provide, as they involve the health and safety of our patients
and staff. This letter is intended to inform you of the procedures we
use to keep our dental office a safe environment.
The cornerstone of
any infection control program lies with the people who implement the procedures.
My dental assistant is fully trained in the most up to date procedures.
We are continuously updating our knowledge through extracurricular education
courses and seminars.
All of the instrumentation
that is placed in a patient's mouth is either disposable (used only once)
or sterilized. The reusable items are scrubbed with a disinfectant soap,
then placed in an ultrasonic cleaner (type of solution) and then sterilized
in the autoclave which uses heat, chemicals, and pressure. All instruments
and hand pieces are included in these procedures.