New Policy Regarding Lead Apron Use

New Policy Regarding Lead Apron Use

At Sunnyside Dentistry, our staff remains committed to keeping patient safety as our number one priority. Whenever you schedule a dental treatment or procedure with our team, you can feel assured that you’ll receive the best, most advanced care possible in a safe and protected environment.

Traditionally, when patients underwent dental x-rays, a lead apron was used to shield the patient from any exposure to excess radiation. However, based on a new policy change issued by Oregon’s Center for Health Protection, Radiation Protection Services (RPS), our team at Sunnyside Dentistry will discontinue the use lead aprons for adult patients during X-ray procedures.

While this may seem surprising considering how radiation exposure is commonly viewed, the decision made by the RPS comes after careful study and deliberation. In review of this subject, the state of Oregon released the following statement:

“Oregon regulations have been repealed relating to the requirement of providing shielding to the adult patient during dental x-ray procedures. Over the last 50 years, X-ray equipment and procedures have been optimized with improved technology thereby significantly reducing radiation exposure to the patient.”

This announcement helps to validate decades worth of technological advances in dentistry designed to improve patient safety. With dental technology having advanced to the point where patients no longer need to worry about radiation exposure during X-ray procedures, you can feel safe knowing your health is protected at all times while at our Sunnyside dentist’s office.

If you’d like to learn more about our use of lead aprons moving forward, please click here.