When you first visit our office, you will see that we are wearing gloves and masks during treatment procedures. This is because we want to protect the patients and staff from contact with bacteria and viruses. in doing so, we are following the infection control guidelines established by the American Dental Association and the Centers for Disease Control. The rigorous safety precautions we practice are designed to protect both the patients and staff from such infections as: hepatitis, tuberculosis, AIDS and respiratory viruses such as the common cold. These measures include hand washing with disinfectant soap, hand sanitizers, safety glasses, face masks, and the use of new gloves for every patient. Also included in our infection control procedures are the single use of disposable materials and the use of the disposable protective covers. Instruments and hand-pieces are cleaned and sterilized by the use of an autoclave, a device which kills bacteria and viruses by heat (high temperatures) and pressure. We also perform regular tests to verify that sterilization procedures are working correctly. Also, the water supply, which we use for our drills and for intra-oral irrigation, is a self-contained system, and the water is distilled.
These hygienic measures are nothing new. We have been practicing these universal precautions in our office for a long time. In addition, these universal precautions and procedures are used for every patient and by every member of the dental team. Everyone benefits from rigorously observed infection control-you, Dr. Bayless and his team.