Tips to reopen your dental practice

How to Reopen Your Practice —
A-dec Equipment Tips

In the wake of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, consider these important A-dec equipment tips as you and your dental team prepare to reopen your practice.

General Tips for the Treatment Room

  • Ensure that your practice protocols and policies have been updated to comply with local or regional government and health authority guidelines.
  • Always refer to and follow the manufacturer's instructions for use that came with your equipment. The recommended tips in this document are only for A-dec equipment.
  • Verify that your environmental controls are properly set so rooms are at normal operating temperature prior to start-up. Extreme fluctuations in temperature can affect equipment performance.
  • Clean and disinfect everything in the operatory as you would after each patient or during your weekly cleaning protocol. Be sure to clean and disinfect all touch and transfer surfaces before reopening your practice. (See resource links below for more details.)
  • Check manufacturer recommendations for your mechanical room before turning on the office compressor and vacuum system.
  • Review the A-dec Equipment Maintenance Checklist in conjunction with the following equipment tip sections for additional guidance. (See resource links below for more details.)
  • Cycle all equipment through a full range of motion and features to ensure proper operation.
  • If anything is not running properly, or if you encounter any concerning issues with your dental equipment, contact the authorised A-dec dealer or distributor in your region.

A-dec Resources to Consider

A-dec Equipment Asepsis Guide
Provides basic surface management guidelines for A-dec equipment.

A-dec Equipment Maintenance Checklist
Checklist of essential daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly equipment maintenance tasks.

A-dec Upholstery Maintenance Guide
Comprehensive guide on A-dec dental chair upholstery care.

Dental Chair and Dental Light

  • Ensure that the chair power button (on or near the baseplate) is in the on position.
  • Turn the light on and off, as well as cycle through the various light modes.

A-dec Resources to Consider

A-dec Dental Chair Instructions for Use
Choose your model from the list of chair Instructions for Use search results.

A-dec Dental Light Instructions for Use
Choose your model from the list of dental light Instructions for Use search results.

A-dec Upholstery Maintenance Guide
Comprehensive guide on A-dec dental chair upholstery care.

Dental chair and dental light
Dental delivery system and waterline maintenance

Delivery System and Waterline Maintenance

A-dec recommends that you perform a shock treatment on all delivery system dental unit waterlines before you reopen your practice.

  • Clean all water bottles thoroughly.
  • Apply a shock treatment with an EPA-approved product. If your practice is outside the USA, contact your authorised A-dec dealer for recommendations.
  • Resume daily use of A-dec ICX® tablets and A-dec's recommended waterline maintenance protocol. (See resource links below for more details.)
  • Monitor your dental unit water regularly. (See the A-dec Waterline Maintenance Guide for recommendations on frequency and procedures.)
  • Follow all daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly items that pertain to delivery systems in the A-dec Equipment Maintenance Checklist. (See resource links below for more details.)

A-dec Resources to Consider

A-dec Delivery System Instructions for Use
Choose your model from the list of delivery system Instructions for Use search results.

A-dec Waterline Maintenance Guide
Comprehensive user guide on waterline maintenance for A-dec systems.

A-dec Self-Contained Water System Instructions for Use
Comprehensive user guide on the A-dec self-contained water system.

A-dec Equipment Maintenance Checklist
Checklist of essential daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly equipment maintenance tasks.

Assistant's Instrumentation

  • Clean all vacuum lines using your normal vacuum-line cleaning protocol.
  • Perform A-dec's recommended cleaning protocol on all high volume evacuators (HVEs), saliva ejectors (SEs), air/water syringes, and solids collector components. (See the resources below for more details.)
  • Test the air/water syringe operation. If you detect air/water leaks, or if the air/water flow does not immediately stop when you release the buttons, replace and lubricate the syringe O-rings and button-valve assemblies.
  • Follow all daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly items that pertain to assistant's instrumentation and related support systems in the A-dec Equipment Maintenance Checklist.

A-dec Resources to Consider

A-dec Assistant's Instrumentation Instructions for Use
Choose your model from the list of assistant's instrumentation Instructions for Use search results.

A-dec Syringes Instructions for Use
Choose your model from the list of syringe Instructions for Use search results.

Dental assistant's instrumentation
Dental handpieces and integrated instruments

Handpieces and Other Integrated Instruments

Always refer to and follow the manufacturer's instructions for use that came with your device.

  • Inspect all sealed pouch instruments. If the seal appears to be compromised in any way, reprocess the instrument.
  • Visually inspect to ensure that each instrument is clean and in good shape.
  • Run each handpiece to verify proper operation, including air and water coolant spray.

A-dec Resources to Consider

Handpieces and Motors Instructions for Use
Choose your model from the list of handpiece and motor Instructions for Use search results.

Do I need to be concerned about my compressor and vacuum systems after being shut down for so long?
Mechanical room systems are designed to run continuously, and long-term dormancy can make some components seize and break down more easily. Contact your authorized A-dec dealer if you have concerns about your system's performance. If you have Dean Dental systems, we recommend that you turn on the compressor and vacuum system at least one week in advance of opening your practice.

Please see How to Reopen Your Practice—A-dec Equipment Tips for additional details.

What if our dental chairs don't turn on after power to the clinic is restored?
Ensure that the chair power button (on or near the baseplate) is in the on position. The delivery system master toggle will not work if the chair power button is in the off position.

In light of COVID-19, what is A-dec's recommended dental unit waterline maintenance protocol?
A-dec recommends the same three-step protocol (monitor, shock, maintain) for maintaining dental unit waterlines (DUWLs)—slightly modified. Before you reopen your practice:

  1. Clean all water bottles thoroughly.
  2. Perform a shock treatment on all delivery system DUWLs. Use an EPA-approved product. If your practice is outside the USA, contact your authorized A-dec dealer for recommendations.
  3. Resume daily use of A-dec ICX® tablets and A-dec's recommended DUWL protocol.
  4. Monitor your dental unit water regularly.

Please see the A-dec Waterline Maintenance Guide for additional details.

Is it necessary to reprocess all instruments?
This is the best solution to ensure sterility of all instruments. If the products are in a sealed pouch and have been properly stored, use your best discretion whether or not to reprocess. We recommend that you inspect each pouch to verify that the seal is intact and the instrument is clean and in good shape.