Infection control and universal precautions protect patient and staff alike. Dr. Tyler and the entire team follow procedures recommended by OSHA (occupational safety and health administration), EPA (environmental protection agency) and CDC (centers for disease control). We are committed to the health and safety of our patients and staff by rigorously following all infection control guidelines and regularly taking the necessary continuing education classes to remain fully up to date and compliant with any changes in recommended protocol.
We sterilize all reusable equipment, including dental handpieces. We use an autoclave, a device that kills bacteria and viruses by steam, heat and pressure for those items that are not disposable. All solid surfaces in each treatment room are fully disinfected after each patient using the most effective and recommended EPA solutions that are on the market.
Aerosols and control of airborne contaminants
Mitigation of airborne bacteria and viruses is of utmost importance and various methods for removal and destruction of these organisms in aerosols can be seen throughout the office. The rubber dam used during treatment offers significant reduction of airborne contaminants at its source.
We have also implemented state of the art air purification systems to minimize transmission of potential airborne pathogens. Surgically clean air units utilize 6 stages of filtration that not only captures allergens, molds, bacteria and viruses from the air but also kills them using ultraviolet light (uv-c) which helps to reduce the spread of illness and keeps the air you breathe healthy!
We believe air purification is best effected by using a multi modal approach. We have also placed a bi polar ionizer (Reme halo LED) in the heating and ventilation system and hospital grade MERV 13 filters in the HVAC ducts that together exceeds all recommendations for air quality control in dental offices.
Control of Water contaminants
Our office water system is filtered through a multistage sterisil purification system that produces distilled quality water which runs through all lines of our dental units. This high level water quality is maintained by frequent on and off site testing. This allows detection and remediation of any bacterial growth in a timely fashion so we can maintain CDC recommended parameters.