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You are not alone if you feel anxious about visiting to the dentist.  We understand and share your concerns and strive to make every dental visit comfortable. If there is anything else we can do, let us know.  In addition

to topical and local anesthetic, nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is available to those patients who may need a little more comfort and relaxation. We offer stereo headsets for iPods, iPads and iPhones, or you can request your favorite music to be streamed through our speakers, if you so prefer.  


The staff at Dr. Merrick’s Dental Studio are dedicated to easing your fears and anxieties about visiting the dentist, ensuring that you get the best oral care that you deserve. 


To protect our patients, we offer protective eye gear for our patients to wear.  Additionally, our staff are readily equip with masks, gloves, and protective eye gear during completion of all dental services and procedures.

Patient Comfort & Safety

We strictly observe all Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines. All instruments are cleaned, disinfected, and routinely sterilized as recommended by the American Dental Association and the Center for Disease Control. Whenever possible, disposable single use instruments are used to ensure patient safety. Hand-pieces (drills) are sterilized with a state-of-the-art autoclave prophylaxis unit. All surfaces in the treatment rooms are cleaned and disinfected after each patient.


Infection controls and Universal Precautions protect patients and practice staff alike.  Everyone benefits for stringent infection control.  The cornerstone of a professional and hygienic dental practice is the element of trust.  Patients should feel free to address topics of infection control with Dr. Merrick and receive straightforward feedback.  The entire staff at Dr. Merrick’s Dental Studio follows health procedures recommended by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). We use an autoclave, a device that kills bacteria, spores and viruses by steam, heat and pressure.  The more you know about our daily procedures and policies, the more comfortable you will feel. 



OSHA Guidelines

CDC Infection Control


ADA Resources on

CDC Guidelines

Clinical Practice Guidelines

for an Infection Control

Exposure Control Program

in the Oral Healthcare


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