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 chemical 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 disposableand thrown away or placed into a cold sterile solution.
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 health care. The more you know about our daily procedures and policies, the more comfortable you will feel.
Dr. Yen 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
Eye protection for patients
Use of protective barriers