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Protecting Our Patients' Health

At Coast Dental, our patients' health and well-being are our top priority. Here are some of the ways we protect our patients and team members while providing quality dental care.

How we keep our patients safe:

All of our dentists and staff follow the CDC-recommended guidelines to prevent any cross-patient infection.

  • All of our team members involved in patient care scrub their hands before every patient.
  • Our dentists, hygienists and dental assistants don new protective gloves for every new patient. They even change gloves during treatment for the same patient as necessary.
  • Every dental treatment room is thoroughly disinfected after each patient's treatment. All surfaces including the dental chair, instrument tray, dental light and counters are cleaned and decontaminated before a new patient is brought back.
  • Most of our medicines are single-dose. They are opened and used only on one patient, then disposed of in a special container.
  • We never re-use needles or gauze.
  • Non-disposable dental instruments are cleaned and sterilized between patients with a medical-grade autoclave sterilizer.

How we sterilize instruments:

  • After the instruments, including dental drills, have been used on one patient, the instruments are decontaminated, then placed in a special bag and sterilized in a medical-grade autoclave sterilizer.
  • The sterilized instrument bags remain sealed until your dentist or hygienist is ready to begin your treatment.

How we know the sterilizer is working:

  • All Coast Dental sterilizers are routinely tested with approved CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention) and American Dental Association spore-testing procedures.

The types of training we have:

  • Our teams have regular training programs, including blood-borne pathogen training, to ensure they have the most current information available and to make certain your visit takes place in a very safe environment.
  • Only team members who have been trained on expanded functions are allowed to perform those functions.

Dentists follow strict state and federal guidelines to ensure their patients' safety. The risk of your health being affected because you skip your dental appointments is far greater than the risk of cross-infection. The best advice is to talk to your dentist so you feel comfortable with receiving the treatment you need.

Written by: Beth Gaddis
Reviewed by: Sharon Davis, Compliance & Safety Manager
Reviewed by: Cindy Roark, DMD

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