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    Should your patients express concern, here are some suggested talking points:

    • I’m glad you asked me about this because I want to assure you that in my dental practice, we follow stringent infection control procedures. Also, as your doctor, I would only delegate procedures to my staff that they are licensed or qualified to perform per state regulations.
    • I would never delegate procedures to make sure only duly trained or licensed concerning who performs and we make sure that. I care about my patients and your health and safety are my foremost priorities.
    • Studies show that following proper infection control procedures greatly reduces risk to patients to the point of an extremely remote possibility.
    • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has developed special recommendations for use in dental offices.
    • Let me describe just a few of the things that we do in my practice in terms of infection control:

    • All dental staff involved in patient care scrub their hands before each and every patient and use appropriate protective garb such as gloves, masks, gowns and eyewear.

    • A new set of gloves and masks are used for each patient.

    • Before you enter the examining room, all surfaces, such as the dental chair, instrument tray, dental light, drawer handles and countertops, have been cleaned and decontaminated.

    • Non-disposable dental instruments are cleaned and sterilized between patients. In my office we sterilize instruments using [DESCRIBE WHETHER YOU USE AN AUTOCLAVE WHICH INVOLVES STEAM UNDER PRESSURE, DRY HEAT OR CHEMICAL STERILIZATION. IF YOU WISH, YOU COULD OFFER TO SHOW YOUR PATIENTS YOUR STERILIZATION OR SET-UP AREA]

    • Disposable items like needles or gauze are placed in special bags or containers for special, monitored disposal.

    • Your well-being is important to me and my staff, which is why we follow stringent infection control procedures and comply with all state regulations for the protection of patients.​

    For more information on Infection Control, visit the American Dental Association website​ or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.