Our infection control practices are top of the line—it’s something we take very seriously. Prior to becoming a dentist, Dr. Greg Glavan spent seven years working in product development for the 3M Medical Products Division, where he became an expert in biological monitoring and infection control. He later consulted for 3M’s Dental Products Division and gave infection control presentations at dental conventions nationwide.
Dr. Glavan’s passion for chemistry and safety followed him to Crow River Dental, where he has a room dedicated to technology and equipment sterilization.
Amid increased concerns of airborne viruses in 2020, Dr. Glavan researched the best method to clean the air in his dental offices, although there were no requirements at the time to do so. With his research and background in infection control, he rejected portable HEPA air filters as having little effect, due to the cubic feet of air needed to move and the turnover of air per hours in use.
On July 2, 2020, Dr. Glavan installed a new, ducted, state-of-the-art, air-filtration system to provide hospital-quality air to better care for the health safety of his patients and his staff. Working with a contractor who specializes in air filtration, the cubic footage was calculated and determined that installing this system would provide an air filtration turnover of five times per hour.
This ducted air-purification system has the minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) rating of 16 (on a scale with 20 being the highest). This system can capture particles with an average size of 0.3–1.0 microns or greater. The higher the MERV rating, the better the filter is at trapping airborne particles.
To further support the ducted filtration system and to target particles smaller than 0.3, Dr. Glavan also installed a panel of ultraviolet (UV-C) bulbs within the ducting. UV-C light has been proven to kill germs, such as viruses and bacteria.
Because we take your health safety seriously, we performed the research and installed high-quality solutions to today’s health safety challenges.