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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 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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