Sterilization Procedures for the health and safety of our patients and dental team, this office uses the most up to date infection control procedures.
We would like to provide you with information on why your visit to our office is safe and why there is no chance of cross-infection between you and the previous patient. We are extremely concerned about sterilization standards. We would like to assure you that the sterilizing procedures used in our office are of a high standard and we are confident that no individual is at risk. We not only comply with the standards set by the Canadian Dental Association - we exceed them.
Our conscientious staff will assure the following procedures are conducted:
Handpieces - We autoclave both the fast and slow speed handpieces after each patient.
Instruments - Instruments are taken from the operatory to the sterilization room where they are washed, scrubbed, ultrasonically cleaned, rinsed and autoclaved. After each patients all suction tips, needles, sponges and sharps are disposed of in a biological hazard container. Counter tops - Disinfectant sprays are used to eliminate bacteria and viruses from counter tops.
Gloves - New gloves are used for every patient. When the dentist or assistant leaves the operatory, gloves are removed and discarded.
Needles - New needles are used for each patient. The syringe holding the needle is sterilized after each patient.
Saliva Ejectors and All Suction Devices - We dispose of suction tips after each patient and all lines are flushed with disinfectant.
Water Lines - At the end of each day the water lines are filled with a disinfectant to stop the bacterial growth within them.
We test our autoclave daily with a chemical strip and a biological mail-in system test is used on a regular basis.
We would be delighted to show you around our office at any time so that you can inspect the sterilizing areas and the operatories. We would be happy to accommodate your inquiries when you come in for a scheduled appointment or alternatively, you may phone or email for a separate visit. We hope that the information about our sterilization procedures will address your questions and more importantly, allow you and your family to feel totally safe about having dental treatment performed in our office.