Here in Alberta, infection prevention and control in dentistry is governed by specific guidelines. Most of these guidelines are common sense. As a rule, anything a dentist uses in the mouth is sterilised or single-use disposable. You may be interested to know of some of the measures that dental clinics take to protect both our clients and our staff from disease transmission:
- Staff vaccinated against HBV and influenza (annual)
- Ultrasonic instrument cleaning equipment and industrial “dishwasher”-style instrument cleaners
- Our steriliser bank includes an 81L hospital grade unit
- Sterilisers are tested daily with biologic monitors cultured in our on-site incubators
- Sterilisers are tested with chemical indicator strips/tape in each load
- Every steriliser load with implantable device materials is biologic monitored, and the instruments held in quarantine until passed
- All surgery is performed using single-use packaged sterile water or saline irrigation
- Restorative handpiece (drill) units are flushed and on a closed, waterline disinfected system
- Sterile gloves, isolation gowns, and drapes are used for implant and grafting surgeries
Our new clinic was inspected by the Alberta Dental Association & College shortly after opening. We also recently arranged to have an infection control consultant review our clinic protocols.
If you ever have any questions about infection control, please don’t hesitate to ask. We are proud of our protocols in this area, and will gladly provide you with a tour and demonstration of our sterilisation centre.