Thousands of patients have been put at risk due to the breakdown in sterilisation and cleaning of equipment at several Sydney dental practices, echoing similar recent cases across Australia. Six dentists were suspended this month and authorities have closed one practice. Although NSW Health have said that there is only a ‘low risk’ of infection and so far there is no evidence a patient has been infected as a result of the breaches.
“The community can continue to have confidence in the dental system in NSW and that the delivery of dentistry in NSW will be in a safe way and to a high standard”
(NSW Health – director of health protection)
“Patients can feel safe Australia has the highest standards of infection control in the world.”
Dr Rick Olive
(Australian Dental Association President)
We have always maintained strict disinfection and sterilisation techniques at North Shore Dentistry. Our team is committed to continuous education on new techniques and technologies to keep improving the high quality of dental care we provide to our patients. Rest assured that our experienced, caring team always undertake safe practices and strive to ensure your dental experience is a positive one.
Cleaning dental instruments is a four-stage process that includes washing, disinfection, sterilisation and packaging. One of the ways we comprehensively account for proper disinfection and sterilisation at North Shore Dentistry is through the use of ozone and autoclave technology.
Evidence shows that ozone effectively kills bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites and out performs almost all disinfectants and antiseptics. At North Shore Dentistry all our instruments are disinfected using ozonated water and washed in a 95 degree dishwasher prior to being autoclaved, ensuring maximum infection control. Autoclaving sterilises equipment by way of high-pressure saturated steam inside a pressure chamber.
Ozone is also used in a number of procedures including root canal and restorative treatments to minimise the chance of re-infection and post-operative pain. There are no toxic by-products from ozone use and it in fact helps promote healing.
Diane has enjoyed a long and varied career, with over 30 years experience in many areas of dentistry. She brings a wealth of experience in paediatrics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, IV sedation, general anaesthetics and more. Her skills provide a high level of support to our dentists and ensure we continue to offer excellent patient care.
Your oral health is in safe hands with the experienced, caring team at North Shore Dentistry. We maintain strict internal standards so we can provide the highest quality dental care possible.
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