As you are probably aware, there is widespread news coverage involving the investigation of an Tulsa oral surgeon for allegedly poor infection control practices and delegation of dental procedures. We would like you to know, we have never referred to this doctor, so you shouldn’t have to worry about you or your family. Our team wants to assure you that in our dental practice follows stringent infection control procedures.
I only delegate procedures to my team members who are licensed or qualified to perform that procedure per state regulations. We care about your health and safety, they are our foremost priorities.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed special recommendations for use in dental offices, and we have always followed or exceeded these standards.
Just a few of the things we do:
- New gloves are used every time staff leaves the treatment room or seated position and of course for each patient.
- Before you enter the examining room, all surfaces, such as the dental chair, instrument tray, dental light, drawer handles and countertops, are cleaned and decontaminated. We use barriers on most surfaces we handle and the non-barriered surfaces/items are cleaned with surface decontaminates.
- Non-disposable dental instruments are cleaned and sterilized between patients. In my office the team runs the instruments through an ultrasonic cleaner that removes the debris for them before placing them into the autoclave. The autoclave uses heat and steam under pressure. Our autoclave has a fail-safe system to alert the team and completely shuts down if the process is not completed. We are happy to show you our sterilization process and area.
- Disposable items like needles and/or sharp objects are placed in special bags or containers for special, monitored disposal.
Rest assured, your well-being is important to our team, which is why we follow stringent infection control procedures and comply and exceed all state regulations for the protection of you and your family.