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Health Safety Protocols
Surprise, 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!

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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