Having earned a BS in Microbiology, Dr. Nick Yiannios is acutely aware of the importance of maintaining a clean and sterile environment for both the patients and the staff. When designing and building his new office, great measures were taken to address the infection control issue. The physical facility from the walls to the ceilings to the door handles were designed to be readily cleans-able.
In the treatment rooms, all contacted surfaces are covered with cellophane after having been sprayed with a tuberculocidal disinfectant, wiped dry, then sprayed again so that those surfaces are wet (to further kill any remaining germs or pathogens). The plastic barrier provides a protective function since after every patient, all of the plastic is discarded, and the spray-wipe-spray-wrap procedure is repeated.
All instruments are cleaned ultrasonically, then scrubbed manually, dried, wrapped and sterilized in a steam autoclave that is routinely tested to ensure that it’s in excellent working condition. A totally separate counter with cabinets is then used to store and protect these sterile items, far removed from the non-sterile wall and counter.
Masks are worn by all staff members directly involved in patient care. Electronic, hands-free wash stations are used before seeing other patients of course. Disposable gloves, of the non-allergenic, non-latex variety are used and discarded after each patient. All disposable items used in patient care are disposed of after each and every patient. For your safety, all clinical area sit on top of seamless, heat-welded, antimicrobial flooring which even extends up the walls. This very expensive flooring material is exactly what is used in hospital operating rooms.
Nitrile rather than latex gloves are used by all of us at Dr. Nick’s to help ensure that our patients don’t become exposed and develop an allergy to components of rubber latex.
In summary, our office meets or exceeds the infection control standards set forth by both the American Dental Association and the Centers for Disease Control.