Dental Health and Safety
Autoclave (pressurized steam):
Dental instruments and hand pieces (drills) are sterilized in a high-pressure steam autoclave after each use. Such a process is the standard of care in dentistry. The autoclave warns us in the incident of an incomplete sterilization cycle and protocols are in place to rectify such problems immediately. Additionally, as a precaution, we also use an external biological indicator test to make sure that our autoclave is functioning appropriately and producing sterile instruments.