Infection Control

How does the practice ensure I won’t pick up an infection from having treatment there?

Infection control procedures are designed to protect patients and health care workers by preventing the spread of diseases like Hepatitis and HIV.

Examples of infection control that are routinely carried out at the Colonnade Dental Centre include:

  • The use of masks, gloves, surface disinfectants and sterilizing reusable dental devices.
  • Before you enter the examining room, all surfaces, such as the dental chair, dental light, instrument tray, drawer handles and countertops, have been cleaned and decontaminated.
  • Where possible, equipment is covered with protective covers, which are replaced after each patient.
  • Non-disposable items like the dental instruments are cleaned and sterilized between patients, using an ultrasonic bath followed by an Autoclave. The autoclave is calibrated each morning, monitored after each cycle and checked by an accredited professional every 12 months. It includes taking a sample from a cycle and sending it to the pathology laboratory to be checked.
  • Disposable items like needles or gauze are placed in special bags or containers for proper disposal.
  • All dental staff involved in patient care are required to use appropriate protective coverage such as gloves, masks, gowns and eyewear. After each patient, disposable wear like the gloves and masks are discarded. Before seeing the next patient, the members of the treatment team scrub their hands and put on a new pair of gloves.

Patients who have questions about infection control at the Colonnade Dental Centre are encouraged to speak with Dr Pastorino who will gladly explain or demonstrate the procedures used at the practice.