What are the disinfecting and sanitation protocols?

Alberta has one of the highest levels of Dental Office Infection Control Guidelines in Canada. We have always been diligent in protecting our team and our clients from a variety of infectious diseases such as flu, hepatitis, HIV, HPV and tuberculosis etc. Here is what we have always done at Kherani Dental.

  • All instruments and materials used are either single use and discarded or sterilized after every use/every patient.

  • We protect, barrier and disinfect all surface areas for every operatory in between patients. Covers and barriers are changed and discarded after each patient.

  • Surfaces disinfected with hospital grade, bactericidal and virucidal disinfectant (effective for COVID-19)

  • Sterilization is done by hospital level steam and pressure autoclaves and are tested for effectiveness daily by means of biological indicators.

  • Sterilization indicators on the outside and inside of each package or kit to confirm the processing criteria have been met to be considered sterile

  • Sterilized instruments are stored in compliance with Alberta IPC recommendations to ensure continued sterility and are opened only in a disinfected, newly barriered operatory by a trained, gloved and masked dental professional.

  • Waterlines and suction lines are cleaned, flushed and maintained between each patient. Canulas and suction tips are changed for each patient.

  • Dental Team PPE is single use only and discarded after each patient.

Are you keeping up to date with the latest information and research?

  • New information is coming in always from the professional associations, almost daily. We make sure to keep up to date on all the latest information and guidelines from our Dental Associations and the Provincial Ministries of Health. It is very important that we act on information and guidelines that are evidence based and appropriate for a dental setting. Yes, COVID-19 is new, but the idea of dealing with viruses in dentistry is not new, which is why we are experienced in mitigating the danger of exposure to our patients and staff. Dental care is restricted to allow for social and physical distancing, but once we are able to reopen, we are prepared and highly trained for the infection control procedures that will be required. There will be new protocols due to the nature of this virus,and we are confident we can provide excellent care to our clients in this new world of COVID.