Sterilization is important in a dental office and we follow all CDC guidelines and more to keep our patients safe. We first clean and scrub all instruments then place them into biological indicator bags. The instruments are then wrapped in containers for the autoclave. The basic principal of steam sterilization is to expose all items to direct steam at a required temperature and pressure for a specified time. Our autoclave serves this function and uses special water to properly eradicate all microorganisms.