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To Our Valued Patients,

As this newest challenge continues to unfold with COVID-19(Coronavirus), we wanted to give you an update. First, we are currently maintaining our regular schedule. As of now, the Arizona Department of Health Services is not recommending closure or modification. We will continue to closely monitor information from the CDC and AZDHS and follow their recommendations. We will keep you up to date on any changes we may have to make via emails, our website, and social media.

Second, we would like to give you some insight into our practices to keep our team and patient family safe and comfortable. Dentistry is uniquely positioned to protect our team and patients. On a daily basis, we practice ‘Universal Precautions.’ This means we ALWAYS assume that every patient may be carrying a contagious, dangerous disease and we follow strict guidelines to prevent the transmission of any potential disease, including Hepatitis, Tuberculosis, HIV, AND COVID-19(Coronavirus). This has been standard of care and regulated by the Centers for Disease Control since the 1980s with the AIDS
epidemic.

These measures include:
1. Strict hand hygiene protocols.
2. Use of single use disposable protective equipment and barriers.
3. Thorough disinfection of exposed or potentially exposed surfaces after every patient visit.
4. Disinfection and high-heat steam sterilization of instruments. Routine monitoring of sterilization verification.
5. Continual education on infection control techniques.

In addition to these mandated measures, we have also implemented:
1. Disinfection of common area surfaces every 30 minutes.
2. Availability of hand sanitizer in common areas.
3. Screening everyone who enters based on CDC recommendations.
4. Pre-procedural mouth rinse.

We are happy to address any concerns you may have. We will continue to care for our patient family during this time following all best practices and will monitor CDC guidelines for any new recommendations.

Thank you for being a part of our family. Thank you for allowing us to care for you and your family. Please know we are here to support you and help you in any way that we can.

In good health,

Link to article:
https://bangordailynews.com/2020/03/12/opinion/contributors/dentistry-is-well-poised-to-ensure-the-safety-of-our-patients/

What is Sleep Dentistry?


Posted on 1/10/2017 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
A woman receiving sedation to help her dental anxiety.
You know it's important to visit the dentist twice a year, but does the very thought of going make your palms clench as you break out into a cold sweat? If so, know that you're not alone.

There are many people who have a fear of going to the dentist, even just for a basic cleaning and exam. If you can't stand the thought of going to the dentist, you may want to ask your office about sleep dentistry.

Sleep Dentistry?

So, what is sleep dentistry, you ask? Sleep dentistry, or sedation dentistry, is a method of dentistry that allows you to relax so you can have your procedure - be it cleaning, a filling or a root canal - with the help of medication. The term "sleep" may sometimes be misleading because, except for the use of general anesthesia, you are not fully asleep; you are sedated.

Levels of Dental Sedation

There are four levels of sedation:

•  Minimal. This uses the lowest amount of sedation. You are gently relaxed and fully awake.
•  Moderate. The next level of sedation, you are still awake, but are much less aware of what is happening. You most likely won't even remember any of the procedure.
•  Deep. At this level, you are almost asleep, but, if necessary, you can be roused.
•  General anesthesia. When using general anesthesia, you are completely asleep.

Types of Dental Sedation

There are a few different types of sedation:

•  Inhaled. This type of sedation is frequently referred to as "laughing gas." You inhale nitrous oxide, mixed with oxygen, and it helps to ease your nerves. It wears off quickly and you can drive yourself home after your appointment
•  Oral. With oral sedation, you are given a medication you take by mouth about an hour before your procedure. Depending upon the dose, you will either be lightly or moderately sedated. You might even fall asleep.
•  Intravenous. You are given medication through an IV, which makes it work quicker. This can be used for moderate sedation, as well as deep and general. With deep and general anesthesia, the amount of medication given makes you on the verge of, or completely, sleeping.

Are You a Candidate?
You might be wondering if sleep dentistry is right for you. Sleep dentistry can help people who:

•  Can't handle pain well or are unable to sit still because of nerves.
•  Have sensitive teeth that cause a lot of pain when they are worked on.
•  Have a bad gag reflex.
•  Need a lot of work completed.

Sleep dentistry can make going to the dentist a more bearable experience. Contact our office to see if they offer sleep dentistry and if it is right for you.

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