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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!

Can You Stop Clenching by Managing Stress?


Posted on 7/23/2017 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
Teeth clenching can cause jaw pain and may require dental treatment.
Many people clench or grind their teeth while they are awake and while they are asleep. Of course, if you do this while you are awake, you can stop doing it because you are aware of what you are doing. But what do you do if you are asleep? For a lot of people that grind or clench their teeth at night they are unaware that they are doing it. If you are unaware of this then how do you stop it, and what causes this behavior to begin with.

Managing Stress

These days there a lot of stressors out there. It could be your job, or lack of one. You could have medical issues that cause you stress or perhaps a family member has a problem that causes you to worry about them. School and debt can also cause you to feel pushed against a wall and it may manifest itself by clenching or grinding your teeth. You can't very well walk around shouting to relieve your stress now can you? Fortunately, there are a many different ways to manage your stress, which, in turn, should reduce the clenching and grinding of your teeth.

One of the easiest ways to relieve stress is to take deep breaths. Breathing in slowly and slowly releasing the air you breathed can slow down your heart rate and slow you down too. Sometimes your job can get so hectic you find yourself moving at the same pace in your personal life too. When things start getting crazy at work, at home or at school, find yourself a quiet place, close your eyes and take slow, deep breaths.

Exercise is another way to manage stress. Exercising releases endorphins that are your body's feel-good chemical. In addition, it is healthy for you and will make you look better. When you look good, you feel good.

If none of this helps, talk to your dentist. He can customize a bite guard that you can wear at night to protect your teeth from grinding and clenching. If you have any questions, or if you would like to learn more, please call us today at (928) 277-0076.
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