April 3, 2013
Infection Control and Sanitary Practices
In lieu of the recent media coverage of the unsanitary practices taking place in a dental office in Oklahoma, BR Dental wants to reassure our patients that our office takes the utmost pre-cautions and practices in it's sanitation of instruments, as well as utilizes state of the art materials.
Our office utilizes a multiple step process in sterilizing instruments. The sterilization of instruments is central to the infection control process in the dental office setting.
1) The first step is rinsing/soaking instruments, appliances, containers, etc.
2) The instruments are then placed in a BioSonic Ultrasonic Cleaner. The BioSonic Ultrasonic Cleaner is specifically designed for the dental industry. Ultrasonic cleaning is a process created by high frequency sound waves. The sound waves, enhanced by specially formulated cleaning solutions, create high-energy cavitation. During cavitation, millions of tiny bubbles form and then collapse or "implode", releasing enormous amounts of energy and shock waves which scour the surface of instruments, appliances and other apparatus placed in the cleaning solution. This powerful scouring action reaches into minute crevices, which manual brushing cannot reach. The combination of energy and specially formulated solutions make ultrasonic cleaning the most effective method for removing gross and microscopic debris.
3) The instruments are removed from the BioSonic Ultrasonic Cleaner and rinsed.
4) The instruments, appliances, and other apparatus are then wrapped and placed in a rapid steam autoclave. The autoclave is tested monthly for spore contamination by an outside vendor. The wrapped instruments remain sterile and pathogen free until ready for use at the chairside.
Our office also provides Painless Injections by the "Wand". The "Wand" is a computer controlled local anesthesia delivery system. This is a computerized controlled soft tissue pressure feedback system. The pressure feedback system utilizes a plastic tubing and fiber optic type needle that is replaced with each patient and disposed of according to OSHA regulations.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding Infection Control and Sanitary Practices at BR Dental, please feel free to speak to any staff member.
Dr. Brian Ramski