Maintaining Your Dental Equipment in an Office Shutdown
“Prepare and Prevent, Don’t Repair and Repent.” – Unknown
Every now and then, we need to shutdown all of the equipment in our dental office for an extended period of time.
Maybe it is because we are going on a long vacation.
Maybe it is because we are taking the staff out of town for a CE training course and won’t be running our practice as usual for longer than the typical period of time.
Or maybe there is a GLOBAL PANDEMIC and shutdown off all dental care as we know it.
Whatever your reason for needing to shut down — I would like to share this list provided to me by my dental supplier – ‘Midway Dental.’
Check it out:
A Guide To Get You Through Shutting Down Your Office Equipment
1. Empty water bottle and put the water bottle back on the delivery unit to purge all water from handpieces and A/W syringes until air only comes out. Turn the dental unit off.
2. Take water bottle off and let sit upside down to air dry.
3. Purge all scalers/prophy jets and turn off.
4. Turn off X-rays – unplug Pans/Conebeams.
5. Change all solids collectors and run an enzymatic cleaner through vacuum lines.
1. Empty water thoroughly from sterilizers/statims – refer to manufacturer’s instructions.
2. Shut off water to distillers and water purifiers. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for extended periods of non-use.
3. Drain and clean Ultrasonic cleaners – unplug.
4. Wipeout and clean handpiece cleaners – unplug.
5. Hydrim – remove soap/salt – run shipping cycle – we can provide detailed instructions.
Mechanical Rooms/N2O closet
1. Turn off all Nitrous and Oxygen tanks/turn off the manifold alarm.
2. Shutoff water to wet-ring vacuum pumps and dry vac tank cleanouts (make sure water lines are turned back on before used again). Refer to manufacturer’s instructions for non-use.
3. Turn off air compressor.
1. Cad/Cam mills – Follow manufacturer’s instructions for non-use.
2. Run water through model trimmer to clean out trimmer and lines.
3. The plaster trap will begin to smell without use.
–DeAngelo S. Webster, DDS
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