patient information / infection control

Missoula Dental


Infection controls and universal precautions protect patients and staff alike. Everyone benefits from rigorous infection control — you, your dentist, and the dental team. Our goal is to maintain a clean, safe, and comfortable environment for our patients and staff by implementing and following proper infection control protocols.

At Discovery Dental our entire team follows procedures and protocols recommended by several federal agencies: the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). These measures include:

Disinfectant hand soap and hand sanitizer

Gloves and face masks for all procedures involving patient contact

Chemical disinfection of countertops and surfaces

Sterilization of all equipment before every use

Proper handling of disposable materials

All reusable equipment and instruments are sterilized prior to each use. This is done with an autoclave, which kills bacteria with heat, steam, and pressure.

We want you to be informed. Informed patients make good decisions about their health care. Please don’t hesitate to ask us about our infection control protocols. Our goal is for you to feel comfortable and confident that the treatment rendered here at Discovery Dental meets or exceeds your high expectations.