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Old 01-31-2015, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Columbus, OH
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I have been seeing a periodontist for 6 months. I recently found out that the doctor was cited by the state dental board for not testing the practice's autoclave for spores at least once a week per state law.

According to the report, the autoclave was being tested only once or twice per month.

Should a patient be concerned?

Also, why does this seem to be an issue at so many dental practices? Is it a cost burden? Can any medical professionals enlighten me?

There is a popular dentist in northeast Ohio that was not even using an autoclave. He was using an oven (!) heated to 375 for 30 minutes to sterilize instruments. This is specifically banned in the state's dental code.
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Old 01-31-2015, 05:31 PM
 
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It's an issue because a lot of dentists are cheap. Should you be concerned? Probably not. Quite frankly, at least he was checking it at all. Could have been worse. The Oral Surgeon in Oklahoma comes to mind.

If you have concerns about him, look for a different Doctor and then ask whether they test it weekly or not.
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Old 01-31-2015, 09:13 PM
 
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This is apparently what the insurance companies want you to have. If a $1200 crown is done for only $700, then certain corners have to be cut. Which corners do you want your dentist to cut? How do they save $500 from the costs?
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Old 01-31-2015, 11:14 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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This is apparently what the insurance companies want you to have. If a $1200 crown is done for only $700, then certain corners have to be cut. Which corners do you want your dentist to cut? How do they save $500 from the costs?

Uh, I think you may have posted this in the wrong thread.
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Old 02-01-2015, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Columbus, OH
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Uh, I think you may have posted this in the wrong thread.
I understand what he's saying: That dentists sometimes cut corners.

When you look at the state dental board sanctions, the majority are for infectious control issues/not following the state dental code with regard to testing etc.
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Old 02-01-2015, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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This is apparently what the insurance companies want you to have. If a $1200 crown is done for only $700, then certain corners have to be cut. Which corners do you want your dentist to cut? How do they save $500 from the costs?


If a dentist can't, or is unwilling to do a professional job for the fee agreed upon, he has no business agreeing to the fee in the first place.

That's what licensing and professional standards are all about.


If I need an appendix taken out, the doctor should not be doing it on his dining room table using a cocktail fork, no matter where he needs to "cut corners".
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Old 02-01-2015, 11:47 AM
 
Location: In a house
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Pretty sure toofache32 posted that in the wrong thread. It doesn't address the OP at all but it -does- address another thread.
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Old 02-01-2015, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Columbus, OH
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I'm not too concerned because the Consent Agreement between the state dental board and the periodontist states that the perio will have to submit to two random inspections during the year.

I guess it's just a little concerning when you put your trust in a healthcare professional and then come to find out that maybe they aren't doing everything "by the book", so to speak.

Has anybody actually asked a dentist about their autoclave testing? I would think it might be awkward to bring up.
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Old 02-01-2015, 12:46 PM
 
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My dentist's office puts fresh plastic baggies around the overhead light between each patient, after sanitizing it first. Their autoclaves (they have a couple of them) are always in use. So I never feel like I need to ask. It's obvious to me that they put safety first for their patients and themselves.
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