Over the past several weeks, there have been numerous safety concerns raised across the nation about improper sterilization methods being used in other dental offices.
Please be assured that Drs. Boettcher, Culligan, Groddy, Hansen and the entire team at Dental Park take your health very seriously and meet or exceed all Federal guidelines set by OSHA (Occupation Safety and Health Administration) and the CDC (Center for Disease Control). Our Sterilization staff annually attends updated OSHA training to assure that we remain on the cutting edge of new procedures and protocol.
In our Sterilization Lab at Dental Park the following procedures are followed:
- All instruments are brought to the Sterilization Lab immediately after patient treatment.
- Instruments are cleaned ultrasonically with an enzymatic solution to remove any debris.
- Instruments are dried and wrapped in special sterilization paper or pouches.
- Instruments are then placed in an Autoclave (a machine that sterilizes the instruments with high pressure steam).
- Sterilized instruments are kept sealed and stored in a special sterile area in our Sterilization Lab until needed.
- Sterilized instruments are brought to your treatment room only after that room has been properly disinfected. Instrument package is then opened for your treatment.
To assure that our Autoclaves are always working properly, they are tested weekly by an independent laboratory. These results are returned to Dental Park and kept on file for three years. Our Sterilization Lab is continuously staffed with a trained staff member during all clinic hours to assure proper sterilization procedures are maintained.
If you have any questions regarding our sterilization procedures, please don’t hesitate to contact us!