There is always a risk of contracting an infection in ANY environment. The common cold is an everyday example.
With our modern dental care at GDNC, you are assured that all precautions are being taken to protect you. Rest assured that your visits to the dentist are safe! Everything possible is done to protect you from infection. No one should avoid the dentist because of fear of infection.
Protecting you from infection is of utmost important to us and we will take all necessary steps to ensure your safety.
Since there are many different diseases that are contagious (can be transmitted from one person to another), we assume that every encounter has the potential for infection. For that reason, we at GDNC follows guidelines known as universal precautions.
Universal precaution means that we treat all patients as though they may be potentially infectious. This allows us to eliminate the possibility of passing a disease from one patient to another. Precautions are also taken to reduce the possibility of transmitting infection from a dental worker to a patient.
At GDNC, we pay particular attention to general cleanliness, disinfection, sterilization, and the use of protective clothing when needed.
We have a dedicated Central Sterilization Room. It is designed to ensure zoning and elimination of cross infection. All sterile instruments are covered and housed in sterile bays. Similar zones exist in each surgery.
All surfaces that might possibly come into contact with infection-carrying materials are disinfected with approved chemicals between each patient.
Any instruments at GDNC that are not disposable are cleaned thoroughly using the latest ULTRASONIC CLEANING BATHS after being disinfected.
A steam AUTOCLAVE is used to sterilize and conforms to the current strict guidelines. A regular annual maintenance and check ensure that our standards are maintained.
Modem equipment greatly reduces the possibility of contamination and infection. Dental unit water systems are designed with special valves and certain disposable parts to ensure that the water supply for each patient is protected from disease-causing agents. Special coatings on dental units prevent bacterial colonies from forming. Automated internal disinfection systems are used daily to clean the systems. Parts are designed to be removable for disinfection.
For instance, the use of suction devices to drain fluids from the mouth greatly reduces splatter that would result from spitting excess water from the mouth. Sterilized suction tips also contribute to infection control.
Each individual dental care situation carries certain risks and the dental worker takes the recommended precautions for the specific situation.
For instance, dental workers wear gloves if they expect their hands to be exposed to the saliva that may contain blood. In that way, the worker is protected from 'catching' a disease from a patient. The patient is also protected against diseases that might be transmitted to the patient from the worker’s hands.
Similarly, if splashes or splatters are anticipated during dental care, the dental worker may wear a mask and eye protection goggles.
A long approved method of reducing the possibility of infection is simply by hand washing. You'll notice that all dental workers wash their hands between each patient encounter. We use the same chemicals used by surgeons in operation.
We protect you in many different ways including:
If you have any questions about infection control at GDNC, please don't hesitate to ask our team. We will be glad to answer your questions. We believe that an informed patient contributes to the care process.
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