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Sterilisation & Infection Control

YOUR HEALTH & SAFETY IS OUR UTMOST CONCERN

Fear of infection is a valid one; we are much more aware in our modern day and age of the dangers of germs and infection and how they can best be avoided. Sterilisation is one of the key basics to ensuring infection control is maintained within a dental or medical surgery.

Recent news, reports of a Sydney dentist exposing patients to HIV and other diseases through unclean, unsterilised, dental equipment. Even though the risk was low, the risk should not have even entered the ball park. The Australian Dental Association requires that sharp instruments be ‘…placed in a puncture-resistant tray or bowl after each use.’ this ensures that when transported for sterilisation, no germs can be transported in anyway whatsoever. All sharp equipment needs to be sterilised after each individual use; if you are unsure of your dentists procedures don’t hesitate to ask.

At Dentalini we are focused on providing the highest care for our patients, we believe that all people should have access to safe and healthy conditions during their dental appointments. Our process for sterilisation are:

Our sterilisation process is very thorough to ensure the safety of the patients, clinician and the staff; we maintain a high level of infection control at all times.

  • After use, all instruments are manually cleaned by scrubbing the instruments to remove all the debris then they gets placed into the ultrasonic machine
  • Then they are rinsed with water then pouched into the sterilisation bags which has colour indicator arrows that changes colour to dark brown/black once they are sterile in the autoclave
  • All bagged instruments are placed into the autoclave. We also place a colour emulator strip that changes colour from pink to dark green once the load is sterile. A receipt prints out at the end of the autoclave cycle also indicating that the load is sterile
  • The autoclave machine is well maintained and tested regularly
  • Inside the surgery, all surfaces are wiped with alcohol wipes and neutral detergent solution and all surfaces touched by the dentist are covered by a protective barrier
  • Protective glasses, mouth mask and gloves are worn at all times by the dentist and the dental nurse during treatment to ensure everyone’s safety
  • For hygienic purposes we use disposable plastic glasses for rinsing instead of spittoon
  • Needles, suction tips, metal matrix rings, dappen dishes are disposed after every patient and are never reused
  • The suction is flushed every day using Puli-Jet plus solution, to clear out all debris & sanitise the pipelines
  • The dental chair and its components are maintained at all times, with regular checks & replacement of parts
  • The whole practice is cleaned on a daily basis with hospital grade cleaning solution

It is stated by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia that “A patient-centred health system is known to be associated with safer and higher quality care.” At Dentalini we strive to offer the best patient care possible and we believe that prevention is key not only to your overall oral health but also during your visits at Dentalini.

For further information regarding the policies and procedures regarding sterilisation and infection control at Dentalini, please contact us on 8920 3000.