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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/

Could a Mouth Guard Help You Sleep Better?


Posted on 2/13/2017 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
A dentist holding a mouth guard.
Mouth guards are typically associated with sports such as football and boxing. Most people think of them as a means to protect your teeth from damage while playing contact sports.

But mouth guards have evolved as research progresses and now they are used for more than simply protecting your teeth, they can actually help you sleep better.

If you suffer from sleep apnea, snoring or anxiety that causes you to grind your teeth, read on. The solution for your problem is right around the corner (or further down the page).

How Can Mouth Guards Help?

Mouth guards are custom fit for your teeth. A custom fit solution keeps your jaw in a forward position which prevents the airway from collapsing. This keeps your airway open and helps you breathe better. That in turn helps you sleep better. No longer will snoring wake up your partner nor will you wake up because you can't et a breath due to sleep apnea.

If you suffer from grinding your teeth, the mouth guard will prevent your teeth from destructive grinding. The two surfaces will no longer be able to wear down the surface of your teeth, which causes them to break or crack and invites dental caries.

How Do I Get One?
If you suffer from sleep apnea, snore excessively or grind your teeth, make an appointment with your dentist. Tell him what your nightly problem is. He will take a look at your jaw, your teeth, your airway and your tongue. You may also need a new set of x-rays. Your dentist will then make a digital or physical impression of your teeth.

The models will go to a dental lab where your new mouth guard will be made. Once your dentist gives you the new mouth guard, you will come back for follow-up visits so your dentist can make any adjustments that may be necessary to ensure it is as effective as possible.

Please contact our office if you have any questions about mouth guards.
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