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Health Safety Protocols
Prescott Valley, AZ


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To Our Valued Patients at Surprise Smiles,

Welcome! We are open, looking forward to seeing returning patients, accepting new patients, and operating under normal business hours! The Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDS) is still not recommending any type of closures or modification in hours. We will continue to monitor information coming from both the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and AZDHS and keep you apprised of any changes or updates. We will stay on top of this information and bring it to you as soon as possible through our website, email, and social media.

As we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, our dentists and dental team want to assure you that we are continuing to do our best to make sure it a priority that we are following the latest health and safety guidelines from the CDC, specifically as they relate to the dental industry. We value keeping our patients and staff members safe and comfortable.

As part of our daily standard health and safety protocols, our office follows ‘Universal Precautions’ in order to protect our patients and our staff. These are precautions we have always taken, and are not new. By taking ‘universal precautions’ means we always assume that anyone could potentially be carrying a contagious and dangerous disease. We therefore follow strict guidelines to prevent the transmission of any potential disease, be it COVID-19 (Coronavirus), hepatitis, tuberculosis, HIV, or any other disease. This has been a standard of care we follow, per the CDC, in regard to blood borne pathogens.

These measures include:
•  strict hand washing protocols
•  use of (single use) disposable protective equipment and barriers
•  thorough disinfection of exposed or potentially exposed surfaces after every patient visit
•  disinfection and high-heat steam sterilization of instruments and routine monitoring of sterilization verification
•  continued education on infection control

Image of a dentist with a mask covering, so she is safe, and follows health safety protocols at Bradshaw Family Dental.Specific to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we have added in additional precautionary and cleaning measures including:
•  disinfecting common surface areas every 30 minutes
•  providing hand sanitizer in common areas
•  screening everyone who enters our offices based on CDC recommendations
•  offering preprocedural mouth rinse

As state and national health and safety regulations change and evolve during these times, Surprise Smiles is dedicated to monitoring and evaluating our dental practice and office space for any potential risks as we serve our patients and community. We strive to maintain an approach to our dentistry services that is both safe and beneficial to everyone we serve.

We strive to provide a safe, healthy, comfortable, and relaxed environment for everyone that comes into our dental office. We follow the American Dental Association’s Update to Office Procedures During COVID-19 in regard to safe office procedures, workplace hazards, and making decisions for best office practices. We stay informed on recent information given to dentists in this regard, as well as keeping up to date with any changes recommended by the CDC.

Please let us know if you have any questions in regard to our health and safety protocols here at Surprise Smiles. We recognize that it can be challenging during these unprecedented times of COVID-19. We all want to get back to our normal lives, and we will be able to do so, in a safe, wise, and healthy manner. We will be happy to answer any questions that you may have in regard to our dental practice health and safety protocols, cleaning, and disinfecting procedures we follow.

Thank you for continuing to be a valued patient here at Bradshaw Family Dental. We look forward to continuing to serve you and your dental needs through the various services we provide for you, from preventive dentistry, restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, pediatric dentistry, sedation dentistry, dental implants and more!

What Does Insomnia Do to Your Teeth?


Posted on 4/20/2019 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
What Does Insomnia Do to Your Teeth?Insomnia affects all of us from time to time. In fact, 1 in 3 people are suffering from insomnia each night. While occasional insomnia is inconvenient, and robs you of a night of sleep, long-term insomnia can have effects on your body as well as your mouth. What does insomnia have to do with your teeth? Keep reading to find out.

Stress, Insomnia and Bruxism

The leading cause of insomnia is stress. Stress not only leads to insomnia, but it also leads to bruxism. Bruxism is the clenching and grinding of your teeth during sleep. While teeth clenching and grinding can take place during the time you are awake, it is far more common for you to have bruxism when you are sleeping.

If you are suffering from insomnia, and you are clenching your teeth, you are putting yourself at risk for several issues with your oral health. Teeth clenching or grinding is one of the main causes of tooth pain. It is also one of the main causes of morning headaches and migraines. A dentist might also notice that your teeth are showing signs of abnormal wear and tear.

Cracks could appear in your teeth, especially towards the back of your mouth, which is where grinding and clenching tend to occur. In fact, tooth clenching could lead to an inability to sleep, which is why insomnia, stress and bruxism can create a vicious cycle.

Luckily, there are treatments that can help with insomnia and bruxism. If you have long-term insomnia, your general practitioner may want you to reduce your stress levels. He or she may prescribe medication for you to lower your stress levels. They may also recommend exercise, yoga and meditation for stress reduction. Bruxism can be treated in several different ways, including an oral device that stops you from clenching or grinding your teeth.

If you are worried about your sleeping habits, why not give us a call? We may be able to help you control your bruxism, as well as give you information about what insomnia and stress does to your oral health.
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