Dr. John Hubbard and Dr. Kelly Chotowetz

Sterilization Protocols

Sterilization Protocols

At Summit Dental the doctors and staff understand that patients today have many concerns regarding the safety of receiving dental care. Summit Dental is a member of the Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures (OSAP). We adhere to stringent Infection Control Protocols referred to as "Universal Precautions" and WHIMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) recommendations. We must follow strict guidelines put in place by our regulating body, the Alberta Dental Association and College. This means that every patient is treated in with the highest standard of sterilization and infection control.

We sterilize all handpieces and instruments after each patient. Our sterilizers are monitored daily and tested once a month by The University of Alberta to ensure sterilization has been achieved every cycle. Any items that are not able to be sterilized are disposed of after each patient. We also work with Green Check Canada to ensure all biohazardous waste is properly disposed. Surfaces in the treatment areas are disinfected under protocols which require the use of chemical solutions that insure the highest level of infection control and protection to the environment.

Clinical staff members wear gloves for the protection of both themselves and their patients. Both may be changed and disposed of several times during each dental procedure. Non-latex materials are available for use on patients with latex allergies. Doctors, assistants and hygienists wear masks as a safety measure for both the patient and the dental care provider. Clinical staff and patients wear protective eyewear to protect their eyes from contaminants as well as injury.

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