Scottsdale Dental Centre has always maintained the highest order of cleanliness and sterility to protect our patients and staff from spreading illness and cross contamination. So whether it’s coronavirus or the regular seasonal flu, we have always been prepared.
Each treatment room has always had every surface disinfected after every patient. The dental chairs, counters, and all surfaces are wiped down with hospital grade disinfectants after each and every procedure. Every instrument is washed, disinfected, bagged and then sterilized. Anything that isn’t sterilized is disposed of. Each instrument pack has a date stamped barcode on it, and inside the pack is an indicator strip that ensures the deepest portion of the instrument kit achieved the required temperature to be sterile. Every day all sterilizers have a live culture test to ensure they are working properly. In addition to the 3 dental sterilizers we already have, we have always employed adequate manpower to ensure the cleaning and sterilization of all of our instruments.
What about airborne pathogens? We have 2 large 'Surgically Clean Air' units stationed around the office that clean and filter the air. These are hospital operating room level HEPA air filters that include negative ion and UV light air purification. Additionally, we have air exchangers that run 24/7 to refresh all indoor air with fresh outdoor air. We have been doing all of these things in the background for years now. We are also now screening all of our patients and ensuring that if they have traveled, have sick family members at home, or are even mildly unwell that they do not come to our office.