There has been a lot of news in the media about a dentist in the Nottingham area recently. It would appear among his misdemeanours he was not running a very clean surgery raising doubts about patients having been at risk of catching hepatitis or HIV from dirty instruments.
A couple of years ago the government introduced a guidance document detailing what dentists should be doing to ensure their patients are safe from dirty instruments. In this document the authors recommend many things but some of the key points are; Dental practices should have a dedicated decontamination room, that room should have a dirty area and a clean area, used instruments that are to be cleaned arrive in the dirty area, they should be washed in an automated washer disinfector and dried. Instruments should then be bagged and placed in a vacuum autoclave for sterilising. There is a lot more detail in the report if you want to read for yourself it is HTM 01-05.
Most dental practices embraced the recommendations of the guidance and have a decontamination room set up with suitable equipment and staff trained to use it. If you have any concerns about how clean YOUR dentist is, then why not ask to have a look at their decontamination room? Most dentists would be more than happy to show you around to reassure you of the measures that they take to keep you safe from cross contamination.
We have a state of the art decontamination room and a well trained team that know how to use it so that you are kept save when you visit the Dental Health Centre. You are more than welcome to see it.