Sterilization: Protecting Our Patients
Sterilization Limits Exposure to Germs and Bacteria
During regular day to day life, germs and bacteria typically get a bad rap. When sterilization gets taken too far, we’re missing out on the benefits of a healthy and tested immune system.
However, when it comes to dentistry and any medical facility, nothing could be further from the truth. One of the chief concerns is preventing disease and infection from spreading from patient to patient. When we’re working with teeth and gums, it’s at the top of our minds. We want to limit exposure at all costs.
That’s why infection control is such an important part of our routine. And you can rest easy that we don’t take it lightly!
When you come to our office, you’ll probably notice all the things we’re doing to keep you safe. It’s not only required by law, but it’s in the best interest of patients and team members to have a safe and sterile environment.
Here’s what that means:
- We use rubber gloves during cleanings and treatments
- Each work station is broken down and thoroughly sterilized between each patient.
- All instruments are steam cleaned in our autoclave unit. The autoclave is also routinely tested to ensure its effectiveness.
- All surfaces are cleaned and wiped down, hoses and water sources are routinely flushed and sterilized to keep bacteria, mold, or other microbes from forming.
You see, when it comes to sterilization, nothing is more important to our practice that our patient’s well-being. We’re here for your treatment, exposure to germs isn’t part of the deal.
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Dr. Angela Burns moved to Austin 10 years ago and instantly fell in love with our beautiful city. Dr. Burns is originally from the Texarkana area. She attended Texas A&M for her undergraduate degree and The University of Tennessee Health Science Center for her degree in dental surgery (DDS). Dr. Burns is committed to providing her patients with gentle, technologically advanced dental treatment. She attends an average of 60 hours of continuing education every year. She is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Texas Dental Association, and the Capital Area Dental Society. Dr. Burns and her husband, Gary, have an 11-year-old daughter, Sydney, who is a proud 6th grader at Hill Country Middle School. She is also very involved in the Eanes PTO, her church, and loves raising her family in the Westlake community. “Growing up, I was drawn to mediating and helping others feel more included and less anxious. I was a camp counselor, student government officer and being the oldest of five, I was the family mediator. I found that I had a calling to help alleviate stressful situations for others and realized that being a good listener was something that was key to this. These skills really helped guide me into becoming a dentist that has based my practice on relationships, empathy and a sense of comfort. I knew that I wanted to provide an atmosphere that felt like home when others walked in. Our practice is small, personal and state of the art and we hope you feel like you’re hanging out with friends when you are here!” When she is not practicing dentistry, Dr. Burns enjoys traveling, hiking the greenbelt, enjoying Austin’s music scene, and eating Amy’s Ice Cream.