As many people are now aware, a Tulsa, Oklahoma dentist (not a Port Jefferson dentist!) is being investigated for neglecting to follow appropriate infection control methods and for improper management practices. Patients of that practice are being tested for HIV.
Please be assured that the safety of the patients in our practice is of paramount concern to us. We follow the most stringent infection control procedures. I only delegate procedures to licensed and qualified staff. All staff scrub their hands before every patient. We use appropriate protective garb: gloves, eyewear, masks, gowns. We use new gloves and masks for each patient. All surfaces in the examining room are cleaned and decontaminated after each patient visit. Dental instruments that are not disposable are cleaned and sterilized in between patients. We use an up-to-date autoclave which utilizes steam under pressure. Disposable sharps, including needles and burs, are placed in special containers for monitored disposal.
Please visit the American Dental Association website: http://www.mouthhealthy.org for more information on infection control, as well as other dental topics of interest. We are also happy to answer any questions you may have and you are invited to take a tour of our very clean office.