Figure 4-11. Basic periodontal surgical tray setup.
b. Preparation to Receive the Patient. Preparation to receive a patient begins
with the cleanup and sterilization of instruments and materials used during the treatment
of the previous patient. Following the dismissal of the previous patient, all evidence of
treatment of that patient should be removed. Used instruments should not be allowed to
accumulate. They should be cleaned, sharpened as needed, sterilized, and returned to
storage as time permits during and between appointments. Linens, bracket table covers,
and headrest covers should be replaced. The patient's records and radiographs should
be set out for the dental officer's reference. Instruments and materials set up for local
anesthesia and the planned periodontal procedures should be placed on the bracket table
and covered with a sterile drape.