Along with providing high quality dental care, patient protection is a high priority for our office. Drs. Cara Lund, William C. Lund, Marc E. Pearlstein and our entire team follow procedures recommended by several federal agencies: the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
In order to keep the public safe from Hepatitis B, the HIV virus, and other infections, health care facilities must make sure that their equipment and tools are properly disinfected and sterilized regularly. We use state-of-the-art sterilization techniques, and we are happy to show you our procedures or answer any questions that may be on your mind. At Lund Dental, Dr. William Lund and Dr. Cara Lund, along with their staff, consistently sterilize the equipment in order to provide maximum protection.
Great care is taken before and after every patient appointment. Treatment surfaces such as chair surfaces, countertops, lights, trays, and x-ray machines are disinfected with safe and effective products. If a surface can be covered with protective plastic, it is. With each patient our team members use new gloves, masks, and safety glasses.
We use the following standard sterilization procedures with all hand pieces and instruments:
- Instruments are brought into the sterilization room.
- Instruments are placed in an ultrasonic cleaner to eliminate microscopic debris.
- Before being sterilized, the instruments are rinsed thoroughly in clean, pure water.
- Sterilization occurs in an autoclave that reaches a temperature of 400 to 425 degrees.
- After 20 minutes of sterilization, all viruses and bacteria have been destroyed.
To ensure their safety and effectiveness, our dry heat sterilizer and autoclave are regularly monitored by professionals.
Team Member Protection
We realize that patient protection extends beyond just using clean and sterilized equipment. We make sure that our staff is updated in proper protection procedures on an annual basis. All team members have also been vaccinated against the Hepatitis B virus.
The best defense against disease is information. The more you know, the better equipped you are to make wise decisions about your health care. The more you know about our daily procedures and policies, the more comfortable you will feel. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding patient protection and give you a personal tour of our sterilization facility.