To the left is the heart of our complete office mercury monitoring system, the Mercury 3000 from Mercury Instruments. When dental amalgam fillings are removed during routine procedures a shower of mercury vapor and particles is released. Unless strict safety measured are used, patients, employees and the dentist are exposed to a very high level of mercury. This system allows us to see in real time how high these levels are with and without protection. The tubes connected to our lights to the right bring in air during all procedures to insure safety. Even levels in the sterilization room can be high if proper protocols are not used. Feel free to ask any of our staff if you have questions.
After Dr. Young began his research in the areas of occupational exposure we began to wear Hazmat level III protection with full coverage gowns and full face respirators. Mercury particulate from removing old fillings can enter through the skin and from pieces that land on clothing for an extended period of time. Our goal is to be a beta test site for the profession of dentistry, to educate fellow dentists and dental schools about improving mercury hygiene. Please ask any and all dental professionals that you might meet to visit our site and the office IAOMT site as well at www.iaomt.org
This is the way patients are gowned in the safety controls we use when removing old mercury amalgam fillings. Do not be overwhelmed by this at all. It may look intimidating at first, but most patients who go through this procedure feel a sense of comfort and safety during their appointment. If required we can prescribe a medication to relax you more while draped, but you will need to bring a driver and plan ahead. Another very important aspect to this technique is the high speed air cleaner which uses high capacity HEPA filters and four large activated charcoal filters to remove contaminated air away from the operating zone.