Sterilization & Infection Control

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Our office utilizes state-of-the-art sterilization systems to ensure that our facilities are as clean and hygienic as possible. We take your health, safety and comfort very seriously, and make every effort to meet or exceed the standards of cleanliness required of our dental office.

Sterilization is a serious matter and our team of professionals follow rigid guidelines. We sterilize all reusable equipment after each use, including handpieces. The first step to this process is the use of a Dental Thermal Disinfector, also known as a Miele. The Miele washes our instruments at high temperature levels, achieving high-level disinfection prior to placing them in an autoclave. The final step to our sterilization process is utilization of an autoclave. The autoclave is a device that kills bacteria and viruses by steam, heat, and pressure. For items that cannot be sterilized, we use disposable materials and tools to eliminate the risk of cross-contamination, and simply throw them away after each use.

Your health and comfort are our top priorities, and you can rest assured that we take all the necessary steps to protect you and your family while you are with us. We welcome you to contact our office today to learn more about our infection control and safety protocols. Please don’t hesitate to call Dr. Shawn Widick or our staff, located in Healdsburg, CA, at 707-433-6907. We look forward to caring for you!