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Sterilization Monitoring Service

To provide you with testing, documentation and the peace of mind regarding your sterilizer, SMS delivers prompt, experienced and reliable biological monitoring at a highly competitive price. 

Why Choose SMS?

Our well-organized SMS team is committed to providing you with the highest-quality service in biological monitoring. Our services include both spore testing and waterline testing. Compare our value-added benefits to what our competitors offer and you will see that SMS is the one clear choice. Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Dental Association recommend the weekly testing of all sterilizers. In Ohio, the Ohio State Dental Board (OSDB) mandates the weekly biological monitoring of all sterilization equipment used in the dental office. To review the Ohio State Dental Board Rule and the Ohio Administrative Code (4715-20-02) visit codes.ohio.gov/ohio-administrative-code/rule-4715-20-02.

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SMS Spore Testing

A spore testing kit is used to monitor your sterilization equipment. One kit is ordered per sterilizer. Each kit includes 52 testing envelopes.
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SMS Waterline Testing

Via waterline testing, SMS provides you with an accurate count of total bacteria in your waterlines and provides recommendations based on CDC guidelines.
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SMS spore | check

Our customized web-based platform (or spore | check) allows you to place online orders, access test results, order history, account information and monthly reports all in one convenient location.
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SMS Pricing

SMS pricing is competitive with other university-based and corporate-based biological monitoring services.
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SMS Free CE

SMS provides free CE credits - a unique benefit that no other biological monitoring service offers.
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SMS Resources

When choosing a biological monitoring service, consider what resources and materials are included.

SMS Spore Testing

A spore testing kit is used to monitor your sterilization equipment. One kit is ordered per sterilizer. Each kit includes 52 testing envelopes. Step-by-step instructions on how to use the testing envelopes and how to complete spore testing is included. One spore test per week is mailed to SMS and processed. For steam sterilizers, test results and reports are now available online within 24 hours of processing.

Our Services

  • spore testing since 1982
  • control strips included
  • gram stain verification of failures
  • immediate failure notification by phone
  • failure troubleshooting
  • monthly reports
1,757
Total SMS Clients
2,910
Total Client Sterilizers
73,468
Total Tests | July - January

SMS Waterline Testing

Your office is testing sterilizers as mandated by the state dental board, but are you also testing waterlines as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)? The CDC recommends that dental practices regularly test waterlines. While compliance is important, ensuring the health and safety of your patients and protecting the reputation of your practice is critical. Via waterline testing, SMS provides you with an accurate count of total bacteria in your waterlines and provides recommendations based on CDC guidelines.

SMS Spore | Check

SMS Spore | Check was formerly known as the SMS Client Portal. For all of your testing and online ordering needs, SMS uses Salesforce, a company that makes cloud-based software designed for businesses. Our customized web-based platform (or spore | check) allows you to place online orders, access test results, order history, account information and monthly reports all in one convenient location.

SMS spore | check is essentially where you "check" on everything related to your "spore" tests and orders.
 
Unlike a website, spore | check is only available to SMS clients and requires an email and password to log in. One office email must be registered with SMS to set up your account. To access the log in, click on the link below. You may also access the log in by clicking the red button labeled as spore | check that appears on our webpages. If you need help with the SMS spore | check set-up, or need additional information, contact us at 614-292-6737

Contact Us

Sterilization Monitoring Service

The Ohio State Univeristy College of Dentistry
305 W. 12th Avenue
3127 Postle Hall
Columbus, OH 43210

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

SMS Program Manager

Melvin Feliciano

SMS Program Assistant

Clayton Miller

Dental Emergency Care Clinic

Monday-Thursday
7:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Friday
7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Student Dental Clinics

Monday-Friday
8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Ohio State Dental Faculty Practice

Monday-Friday
7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Upper Arlington Dental Clinic

Monday
7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Tuesday-Thursday
7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Friday
7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.