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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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Bite Guards: Why They're Important For Treating Bruxism and Sleep Apnea

Posted on 6/8/2020 by Candice
Bite Guards: Why They're Important For Treating Bruxism and Sleep ApneaMost people are familiar with a bite guard because it is one of the most common oral appliances used today. A bite guard is a plastic covering worn over the teeth to protect teeth from potential damage. At Bradshaw Family Dental, we may recommend a bite guard to prevent damage from bruxism (teeth grinding). We may also recommend a mandibular advancement device, similar to a traditional bite guard, which is used to treat sleep apnea.

Bite Guards and Bruxism

Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding, is caused by unconscious clenching of the jaw. This may be more than just an anxious habit. In many cases it occurs during sleep, meaning most people are unaware they suffer from bruxism. If bruxism goes untreated, it can have drastic effects on your oral health, including enamel wear and pain related to your TMJ (temporomandibular joint).

There are several treatment methods for bruxism, with a bite guard being one of the cheapest, simplest, and most effective. A bite guard keeps the teeth separated by plastic, which prevents them from scraping against each other during sleep. If you suffer from bruxism, you may be wonder which bite guard is best for you. Store-bought products, such as stock guards and boil and bite guards, can be found at most department or sporting goods stores. However, these products are not as effective, or as comfortable, as the custom-made bite guards we provide. Dr. David Frausto will make an impression of your teeth to ensure your guard fits your mouth perfectly!

Bite Guards and Sleep Apnea

Much like bruxism, most people do not know they suffer from sleep apnea until a sleep partner reports the symptoms. Sleep apnea is a condition that occurs when your breathing stops periodically throughout your sleep. Symptoms of sleep apnea include loud snoring, gasping for air, difficulty staying asleep, waking with a sore throat, and excessive daytime sleepiness. If you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea than you may benefit from a mandibular advancement device (MAD). A MAD is similar to a traditional bite guard but also involves a covering for the lower teeth as well. The appliance is designed to keep your teeth and jaw in the proper position and prevent obstructive sleep apnea. This allows oxygen to flow freely.

Schedule Your Appointment

If you are need of a bite guard, we can help. Call (928) 277-0076 to schedule your appointment now!


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