Frequently Asked Questions
Dental Associates of Decorah prides itself at the distance we go to provide a clean and sterile environment for our patients. We are OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Agency) compliant and abide by the recommendations of the CDC (Center for Disease Control). We have an annual infection control training/update to keep up with the state and federal guidelines. All of the staff including doctors, hygienists, assistants and office personnel, are fully trained and updated annually in proper infection control and practice universal precautions. We go through a number of checklists each and every day to make sure our office is disinfected before and after each patient is seen. Our instruments are ran through an ultrasonic cleaning solution, placed in heat indicated sterilization pouches and then heat sterilized in an autoclave. Our operatory rooms are sprayed and wiped with hospital grade disinfectant cleaners that are effective against BCG, staphylococcus, MRSA, VRE, herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2, human immunodeficiency virus-HIV, and hepatitis B and C virus. We use many disposable items which means, each patient has their own. Items that are not available in a disposable form are wrapped in plastic barriers to prevent any kind of infection transmission. Please feel free to contact our quality control manager at any time if you have questions regarding the protocol our office follows.
All the answers provided are for general information only. Your dentist will be able to answer any specific questions about your case. You should consult your dentist before making any decisions regarding treatment for your oral health issues.