Here at Hylan Dental Care in Cleveland we have the most stringent Sterilization Standards possible, to ensure that you leave our offices healthy.
Everything used in your procedure is either disposable, or it is run through a strict cleaning and autoclave regimen to be sure that there are no risks to you, the patient. Whether you’re in for routine care, or an endodontic treatment we make sure everything is clean and sterile.
We follow and go beyond all the recommendations of The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention for sterilization and cleanliness.
Patients sometimes ask us if they should keep their dental appointment if they have a communicable disease.
While that is an individual decision that needs to be based in part on your own comfort level, as far as we are concerned, we treat everyone as if they had a contagious disease.
Germs are invisible and it is impossible to determine if anyone person passing through our treatment is contagious or not.
So by assuming every single patient is contagious, we are systematically and simultaneously keeping each patient safe.
It is one thing to use an autoclave. It is another to know for sure that it is working.
To be sure, we test our autoclave weekly with a spore test. We run a sample of difficult-to-kill heat-resistant spores through the autoclave and send it to a testing laboratory to verify that it is working.
After years of doing this, we’ve never had a test come up anything less than a 100 percent kill.
But we keep testing because it’s important to be absolutely sure.
Our Sterilization Protocol
At Hylan Dental, the health of our patients is of the utmost importance. We use disposables wherever possible in an effort to limit potential contamination. Items that are discarded during your dental appointment include the following:
- Dental drills
- Root canal files
- Suction tips
- And more
This absolutely prevents any cross-contamination.
Those items that are used in your mouth that are not disposable are subjected to a rigorous sterilization routine. First, they are manually scrubbed. Then they are cleaned in an ultrasonic cleaner. Finally, they are sterilized in an autoclave.
Other Cleanliness Issues
Of course, our other safety precautions always include wearing gloves and masks during all patient treatments.
In addition, we cover the surfaces we touch during your treatment with disposable plastic coverings.
Larger surfaces are sprayed after each patient with a strong disinfectant which is allowed to sit for a period of time and then is wiped clean.
We leave nothing to chance.
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