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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/
Air Abrasion And What It Can Do For You
Posted on 5/29/2020 by Candice
Air Abrasion And What It Can Do For You
If you have minimal tooth decay, you may be a candidate for air abrasion, rather than the traditional drilled filling. With little to no discomfort, air abrasion is something to possibly be considered for your dental care needs.


How Does Air Abrasion Work?


Air abrasion works by using a unit that provides strong enough air pressure to emit tiny particles, such as aluminum oxide, which then do the necessary cutting or scraping through tooth enamel and tooth decay, in order to fill a cavity or scrape away a small amount of decay. (Imagine a tiny sandblaster, chipping away at something) With the absence of a drill, there is little to no need for anesthesia, such as, Novocaine, which of course makes recovery more pleasant. The lack of vibration and pressure from the traditional dental drill, when replaced with air abrasion, truly makes for a more comfortable experience, if decay is found and repair is necessary.


Am I a Candidate for Air Abrasion?


Air abrasion works well for patients who have tooth decay that has not gone too far. For example, a small cavity that isn't too deep, can be prepared for a filling, using air abrasion. When catching tooth decay early in younger children, or really anyone who is uncomfortable with the thought of anesthesia or dental drills, air abrasion is an excellent option for avoiding needles, anesthesia, and possibly pain and slower recovery.

You may have a lot of questions or concerns about air abrasion compared to the traditional methods you are used to hearing about. We are here to help! Please call our office and our friendly staff will answer all of your questions, and set up an appointment for you, so you can be on your way to a healthy smile.
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