How we keep things clean and safe to use at the dental chair.
Everything that goes in your mouth is either brand new and single use, or it is made of metal or plastic that can be sterilised in the autoclave.
We make sure that hygiene procedures (also known as cross infection control) are up to date and comply with the New Zealand Dental Associaton code of practice.
After every appointment the items used are disposed of, or collected and taken into the sterilising room. All the work and contact areas in the dental surgery are wiped down before the clean items are set up for the next appointment. This is why there is a few minutes wait after the last patient has left before you are seen for your appointment.
All re-usable items that go in your mouth are cleaned and then sterilised in our Statim sterilising machine, also known as an autoclave.
An autoclave is a pressure chamber that is used to sterilize equipment and supplies. When items are placed inside the autoclave they are exposed to high temperature steam (usually around 132 degrees Celsius) for about twenty minutes
- The details of every cycle of the autoclave are recorded on a computer log.
- Each cycle has a unique number. Items that go through the autoclave can be tracked back to the log to verify that the machine worked properly for that cycle.
- Our machine is regularly serviced and verified to make sure it is working properly.
It is important to keep things clean after they have been through the autoclave. Items are either kept in steriliser bags or stored in metal boxes until they are needed.
We are all happy to answer any questions you might have about our infection control procedures and show you what we do to keep you safe.