Office sterilization has come to the forefront of the news after an oral surgeon in Tulsa, Oklahoma, surrendered his license to practice dentistry.
I render emergency dental care in Kansas City.
Surface disinfectants and high heat sterilizers kill pathogens that are brought into the dental office by the public.
Barriers cover what is touched.
Instruments are placed in sterilization bags.
Needles used to inject local anesthetic have been disposable for many years and are not reused.
From news reports the Tulsa, Oklahoma, dental office allowed untrained staff to administer the placement of reused IV needles.
Drug vials were contaminated from multiple use.
Disposable products used for injection are for the safety of both staff and patients.
Outside monitoring agencies provide public safety with written documentation to the office, heat sterilizers are functioning properly.
Patients concerned about the sterilization procedures of the dental office that renders their treatment should read the article about the accusations of the Tulsa, Oklahoma dental office.
Having knowledge of the outpoints in the article on office sterilization allows the asking of intelligent questions to the dental team that treat you and your family.
Outpoints discussed in the article were the following:
* Is the room lighting adequate?
* Are the rooms clean?
* Are the treatment rooms chaotic and filled with clutter?
* Are there barriers on what is touched?
* Surface disinfectants, are they readily available?
* Is there an outside monitoring agency for sterilizers to see if they are operating properly?
* Are sterilized instruments in sealed sterilization bags?
These are questions you can address that will make you feel safe in a dental office.
The information enclosed in this article should make you feel more at peace, bringing calm everything is being done to see that your health is of major concern to your dental team.
It is the goal of your dentist to keep you safe from harm as stated in the Hippocratic oath.
To do no harm and protect those we treat is the responsibility of all healthcare workers.
Get to know your dental team and feel comfortable after asking intelligent questions about office sterilization.
From the Diary of my enlightenment,
Artis L. Clark, D.D.S. http://dentist4you.biz