Health & Safety
Today, more than ever, people have questions about the risk of infection when they visit a dental health care practitioner of any kind.
At Chestermere Station Orthodontics, we are concerned about your dental health and safety and utilize strict hygiene standards, sterilization, and infection control procedures during each and every visit. It is our goal of 100% of the time to exceed the Alberta Dental Association and Canadian Dental Association safety and sterilization guidelines.
Besides strict sterilization processes, our practitioners and hygienists wear gloves, masks and protective eyewear as a protective barrier. Any dental implements used in a patient’s mouth are either discarded after a single use, or they are sterilized in our sterilization centre.
Sterilization Processes We Use:
- Autoclave (pressurized steam): All dental instruments and handpieces (drills) are sterilized in a high-pressure steam autoclave after each use. This process is the standard of care in dentistry. Our computerized autoclave warns us in the event of an incomplete sterilization cycle, and we have protocols in place to correct such issues immediately. As an added precaution, we also use an external biological indicator test to ensure that our autoclave is functioning properly and producing sterile instruments.
- Surface Decontamination: All surfaces including countertops, dental chairs, stools, light handles and control buttons are disinfected with chemical solutions before and after every patient. These solutions are formulated to eliminate infectious bacteria and viruses that could otherwise proliferate on these surfaces, but the chemicals themselves pose no health threat to our patients.
- Disposable Items: Many items we use are discarded after a single use. These items include saliva ejectors, high-speed suction tips, drinking cups, rubber cleaning cups, patient bibs, tray covers, sterilization bags, mixing pads, and mixing tips, among others. Gloves and masks are also discarded after each use.
If you have any questions about any of our dental health and safety procedures, please do not hesitate to ask us at your next visit!