INFECTION CONTROL ISSUE | OCTOBER 2021
Infection control in dental offices has changed drastically over the years. The requirements that need to be met in order to have a compliant office have increased, especially as we become more educated on the risks associated with blood-borne and highly contagious respiratory diseases. Infection control parameters are something all practitioners should be aware of and they should not only be prepared to adjust and reassess these parameters as needed based on regulations but also as their practice evolves and expands.
Infection Control in Dental Anesthesiology: A Time for Preliminary Reconsideration of Current Practices
Anesth Prog 2020, James Tom
Infection control has always had an impact on how we run our dental clinics, maybe now more than ever. However, it would seem that during procedures requiring anaesthesia, matters of infection control can sometimes take a back seat. The requirements and dangers of administering anaesthesia, especially outside of a hospital setting and without the guidance of an anaesthesiologist weigh very heavily on the clinician and staff and the utmost care needs to be taken at all times. That being said, infection control doesn’t have to take a back seat! The following article aims to examine past epidemics such as hepatitis, HIV and Covid-19 and how they have influenced infection control in the dental setting, and it will explore the evolution of current modifications to personal protective equipment and infection control practices specific to sedation and anaesthesia in dentistry.
COVID-19 Considerations in Pediatric Dentistry
JDR Clin Trans Res. 2020, H Bahramian et at
A typical schedule at the dental office often has a variety of patients and procedures planned for the day and of course there is always the potential for an emergency patient requiring immediate care. Covid-19 has changed many things in the dental world and one of the more drastic and challenging changes is how we are forced to schedule patients. When before you could double book a few quick recall appointments in between other procedures, now you must account for social distancing, extra cleaning in between patients, screening and a form of “triaging” not typically done in dental offices. These factors are challenging enough, but what if you’re a pediatric dentist? The following article will inform you how to properly treat pediatric patients, while respecting Covid-19 hazards and outline the steps required for minimizing cross-infections while treating children in emergency situations.