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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!

Night Guard for Kids
Prescott Valley, AZ


Kids' nightguards, also known as night mouth guards for kids, are special oral devices that help protect your child's teeth when they sleep.

These nightguards create a firm, soft barrier between the kid's upper and lower teeth, preventing teeth from clenching and grinding.

Kids with untreated bruxism can have several ailments, like temporomandibular jaw disorder. Dr. David Frausto at Bradshaw Family Dental will help address these problems by creating nightguards for your child.

What Are Nightguards?


Nightguards are a special type of mouthguard that is customized to suit a specific purpose.

For kids struggling with bruxism, nightguards are a perfect fit. We customize them to fit your kid's upper and lower teeth for maximum effectiveness.

Night guards are used to protect teeth against the effects of clenching and grinding. Whether your child has mandibular dysfunction or chronic teeth clenching, these nightguards will greatly help.


They also help prevent a wide range of other oral conditions that could impact the health of your child's teeth.

While there are different types of kids' nightguards to choose from, it is often better to have our experts create a customized mold of your child's teeth.

This will ensure the best protection when your child is sleeping. Even though kids' nightguards won't stop your child from clenching or grinding their teeth at night, they will act as a cushion between their teeth.

This makes the teeth wear down the nightguards rather than each other. As a result, your child will have better oral health.

Types of Night Guards


Nightguards are one of the most common orthodontic options. The fact they are very effective in their role makes them highly valued.

Dr. David Frausto recommends nightguards as the first treatment option for kids dealing with TMJ pain and bruxism.

Knowing the different types of nightguards will make it easy to identify the right one for your child.

Generally, nightguards come in three main categories: custom nightguards, boil-and-bite nightguards, and stock nightguards.
•  Stock Nightguards - These nightguards are readily available and can be used on kids with bruxism. Stock nightguards come in limited sizes ranging from large to small. Small ones can fit your child or young adults. Given their limited sizes, stock nightguards might not fit comfortably and could be painful for older children. They are also bulky.
•  Boil-and-Bite Nightguards - These nightguards come in a single size. If you want to customize them, you must boil them and carefully mold them over the child's teeth. This will give them the desired structure and fit. As much as these nightguards are a significant improvement from stock nightguards, they might not be very comfortable for some children. If your child is uncomfortable with this orthodontic option, you will need to try custom nightguards.
•  Custom Nightguards - We create custom nightguards from your dental impressions. Before Dr. David Frausto places a custom nightguard in your child's mouth, we will evaluate their oral health first. A custom nightguard will address the specific problem your child has. For instance, if the child is clenching their teeth, the custom nightguard will help prevent its effects.

The different types of nightguards are all designed to improve your kid's oral health.

From preventing jaw problems and minimizing the effects of temporomandibular joint disorder to managing bruxism, these nightguards will go a long way in keeping your child safe.

Night Guard Procedure


The process of placing nightguards is relatively painless and straightforward. Dr. David Frausto recommends getting nightguards for your child if you notice worrisome signs during their sleep.

If there are signs of teeth grinding and clenching, nightguards will be an excellent fit. There are many other causes that might need nightguards for your child.

For instance, temporomandibular joint disorder can be managed with nightguards. Several signs show your child needs a nightguard.

For instance, restlessness and fatigue in the morning, worn-out teeth, lockjaw, facial pain, jaw pain, and headaches could be a sign that a nightguard is required.

The procedure for a nightguard is simple and painless. The process starts with evaluating your child's teeth to make an accurate diagnosis.

To do so, we will use advanced dental imaging, visual observation as well as lab procedures. Other observations, such as sleep study tests, will also be crucial in diagnosing.

If your child grinds their teeth and has severe bruxism, they could have bite misalignment or dental malocclusion. If nightguards cannot fix this, we will suggest other orthodontic options to fix it.

Thankfully, nightguards often solve these oral problems, especially among children.

What are the Benefits of Wearing a Nightguard?


Nightguards are reliable oral devices that come with various benefits. If you are looking for efficient treatment options for clenching and teeth grinding, you should consider nightguards.


The main benefit of wearing nightguards is that they protect your teeth against damage. Clenching and grinding put so much pressure on your teeth that it wears them down gradually.

In some cases, grinding results in broken or chipped teeth. This can negatively impact your smile and lower your confidence.

Nightguards also provide a protective cover for your teeth as you sleep. This helps you prevent unnecessary wear and tear during your sleep.

By protecting your teeth, nightguards prevent damage that would otherwise have resulted in severe oral defects.

Nightguards are an excellent treatment option for children suffering from severe defects like TMD. They help prevent further damage to your child's teeth and keep them in great condition.

Besides, there is minimal damage to the kid's upper and lower teeth as grinding is significantly reduced. This is why we recommend that you get nightguards for your child with teeth clenching and grinding problems.

Schedule Your Appointment Today


Oral health is essential for your child's well-being. Nightguards will protect your child's teeth and keep them in good condition.

Our experts at Bradshaw Family Dental are ready to make custom fit nightguards to protect your kid's teeth. Call (928) 277-0076 today to schedule your appointment.
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