STERILISATION AND DISINFECTION
At Dental Esthetic Center, we use the most up-to-date protocols to protect our patients and our staff from transmitting infections.
The implementation of the method of protecting patients from infection transmission is regulated by the Republic of Croatia as well as by the European Union, which we are an integral part of and we strictly adhere to. This is our professional, moral and legal obligation.
All medical staff, dental assistants, dental technicians, nurses and doctors in the Republic of Croatia are well-educated, during school and medical studies, in the field of disinfection and sterilisation, and in the protection of patients and staff from the transmission of infections during medical procedures.
The Croatian Institute of Public Health is a state institution whose basic function is to develop, monitor and control the most up-to-date protocols to suppress the transmission of infectious diseases. The institute has a long tradition and is one of the oldest institutions of this type in Europe.
The Institute of Public Health strictly controls the implementation of patient protection from infection transmission in all the clinics and health institutions in the Republic of Croatia and regularly comes in to control our clinic. The control includes work surface swabs being taken and checking the validity of our sterilising equipment. They also check the state of our disposable materials and appropriate disinfectants inventory.
Every member of our staff who is an active participant in patient treatment has had their hepatitis B vaccinations. Regular medical examinations are also a legal obligation in Croatia and are performed under supervision of the Croatian Institute of Public Health.
At Dental Esthetic Center we solely use single-use, disposable syringes and needles for anaesthesia and the rinsing of root canals when performing endodontics.
All other consumables we use are also for single-use and disposable, including protective masks and gloves for staff, glasses and suction straws, instrument pads, napkins and protective aprons for patients.
Disinfection is a process by which we remove or inhibit all present microorganisms or reduce the number of live microorganisms to the smallest extent possible, so that they are no longer harmful to human health. Disinfecting removes microorganisms, but we cannot remove bacterial spores.
All working surfaces in our centre are regularly disinfected with the most effective contemporary disinfectant before and after working with each patient. After a procedure is performed on a patient, all instruments are first disinfected and then sterilised.
Sterilisation is a process that destroys all types and forms of microorganisms, including even the most resistant bacterial spores. Sterile means deprived of all forms and categories of life.
Dental Esthetic Center is equipped with a separate sterilisation room and we sterilise all the instruments exclusively in a top-of-the-line autoclave.
A qualified and highly educated assistant is the only one who has access to the sterilisation area. She carries out the entire procedure and regularly keeps records of all performed sterilisations.
Autoclave is a device that sterilises instruments with high humidity and high pressure for a certain period of time.
The instruments are placed in single-use, disposable bags and put into the autoclave for sterilisation. Afterwards, they are stored in special tanks exposed to UV light until they are used again. Ultraviolet light also eliminates microorganisms.
Autoclaving is the most reliable sterilisation method. It is used for the sterilisation of surgical instrumentation in all major hospital centres.
Because we take the health of our patients very seriously in Dental Estethic Center, and we perform a number of surgical procedures in the oral cavity and dental implant placements, we only use this most effective sterilisation method.