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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

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,

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How to Manage Sleep Apnea and Bruxism

Posted on 5/29/2020 by Candice
How to Manage Sleep Apnea and BruxismAbout 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea and about 8 percent of adults suffer from bruxism. A lot of people are, however, unaware that untreated obstructive sleep apnea can cause teeth grinding.

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which the throat muscles collapse and obstruct the airways. This causes you to stop breathing for some period of time while you are sleeping.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, about 25 percent of people who suffer from sleep apnea also grind their teeth at night.

Common Symptoms of Sleep Apnea and Teeth Grinding in Adults

If you often wake up with an aching jaw, a throbbing pain in your temples, pain near your ears, or tight jaw muscles, you may be clenching your teeth at night. Bruxism can cause changes in the shape of your teeth, worn down enamel and broken teeth.
However, sleep apnea is harder to detect. Some symptoms include:

•  Snoring loudly.
•  Excessive daytime sleepiness
•  Observed episodes of stopped breathing during sleep
•  Abrupt awakenings accompanied by gasping or choking
•  Awakening with a dry mouth or sore throat
•  Morning headache
•  Difficulty concentrating during the day
•  Experiencing mood changes, such as depression or irritability
•  High blood pressure
•  Nighttime sweating
•  Decreased libido

Risk of Untreated Sleep Apnea and Teeth Grinding

Untreated sleep apnea can result in several health issues like memory loss, mental health issues, anxiety and depression, poor immune system, acid reflux, and increases risk of stroke and heart attack.
Bruxism can also result in serious damage to your teeth and wear down your dental restorations over time.
However, at Bradshaw Family Dental, treatment options are available.

Treatment for Improving Sleep Quality

Bruxism and sleep apnea are both sleep-related disorders and often respond positively to simple lifestyle changes. These include:

•  Managing stress levels
•  utilizing relaxation techniques
•  exercise
•  avoid excessive caffeine or alcohol

If symptoms of bruxism and sleep apnea don't improve, consult Dr. David Frausto and Dr. Cheryl Ligon at Bradshaw Family Dental by calling us at (928) 277-0076 today.

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