At ConfiDental we believe it is essential to build a relationship of trust with our patients. Part of that trust is knowing that we have taken every precaution to prevent infection by wearing protective clothing and that all of our equipment has been properly sterilized. A visit to the dentist should not pose the danger of infection. Sadly, dental clinics that do not have proper sterilization can expose their patients to deadly diseases like HIV and hepatitis.
STERILIZATION PRACTICES IN DENTISTRY
Sound sterilization practices in dentistry protect patients, dentists and the whole dental team. It prevents the growth of bacteria on instruments and surfaces throughout the dental practice. And happily, it ensures that the germs in your mouth don’t make it into anyone else’s. Chair sterilization ensures that no one who’s been in the chair before you has passed along anything to you.
The American Dental Association (ADA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in the USA have developed special recommendations for sterilization at dental offices. We follow the ADA and CDC recommendations and requirements for sterilization to ensure that your health is not jeopardized by infection. These standards include:
- Cleaning and decontaminating all surfaces in the exam room before each patient enters.
- Non-disposable items, such as tools and hand-pieces, are cleaned and sterilized between each patient.
- Protective garb, such as gloves, masks, gowns, and eye protection are worn at appropriate times and discarded afterward.
- Every member of our dental team washes their hands thoroughly before seeing the next patient.
At ConfiDental your safety is our priority. To ensure the highest levels of patient safety, we have invested in the most advanced high-tech sterilization equipment.
The Autoclave Lisa 500 sterilization equipment eliminates the air inside the chamber by means of a vacuum pump, creating a negative pressure that forces the steam into every crevice. This means even porous instruments and textiles are completely sterilized. This is why this machine meets high dental standards in Europe and the USA.
This machine increases patient safety because it is directly linked to a label printer called LisaSafe, making it very easy for the dentist to link the instrument used to the patient file, simply by scanning the barcodes from the instrument packages.
Confidental is one of only a handful of clinics using advanced sterilization equipment. Trust the most recognized name in Costa Rica dental care. Choose ConfiDental…where patient safety is our top priority.
If you are planning a dental procedure or simply want more information, please fill out the Contact Us form and a qualified dental specialist will contact you to answer any questions and to help you learn more.