Infection controls and universal precautions protect clients and staff alike. Everyone benefits from rigorous infection control you, your dentist, and the dental team. The cornerstone in a good and safe dental practice is the element of trust. You should feel free to discuss this topic with Dr. Mehta and receive a straightforward answer.
Dr. Mehta 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). We sterilize all reusable equipment, including dental hand pieces. We use an autoclave, a device that kills bacteria and viruses by steam, heat and pressure.
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.
For the protection of our patients & the dental team members, all our dental treatment and services are performed using strict infection control measures to prevent the spread of diseases and infections. These include, but are not limited to:
- Isolating the dental chair, light & other equipment in the treatment room with disposable infection control barriers.
- Wearing disposable gloves and changing them between each patient.
- Wearing face masks to prevent microorganisms form entering or leaving through the mouth and nose.
- Wearing protective eyeglasses.
- Disinfectant hand soap
- Gloves and face masks
- Chemical disinfection of countertops and surfaces
- Using steam autoclave (Normally at 340 F) as a sterilization method to disinfect and clean the instruments.
- Running weekly tests to check the effectiveness of the sterilizer.
- Meticulously wiping down the treatment room before and after every patient with specialized disinfectant solution.
- Using disposable products when available to reduce the chances of cross-contamination.
- Carefully discarding all disposables to minimize human contact.
- Discarding needles and other sharp instruments in the bio-hazard waste disposal, by a professional company that carefully eliminates biohazard waste.