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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
epidemic.

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,

Link to article:
https://bangordailynews.com/2020/03/12/opinion/contributors/dentistry-is-well-poised-to-ensure-the-safety-of-our-patients/

What is Orthognathic Surgery?


Posted on 7/30/2016 by Andrew Zeiger
Gum Disease pain
Orthognathic surgery is a procedure that can correct jaw misalignment. There are many reasons why someone might need orthognathic surgery, and the results can dramatically change how your jaw functions.

Reasons Why You Might Need Jaw Surgery
According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), there are many reasons why you might consider jaw surgery. They include but are not limited to:
•  Grinding of teeth
•  TMJ pain Difficulty swallowing
•  Difficulty eating food
•  Facial trauma
•  Sleep apnea


What is the Treatment Process Like?
Orthognathic surgery is a long, involved treatment process where your dentist, orthodontist, and oral and maxillofacial surgeon work together. Like most other treatment plans, a consultation is the first step, and you will be evaluated to see if you are a good candidate for orthognathic surgery.

Before the surgery can take place, you will most likely need orthodontic treatment to help the success of the surgery. Braces will align your teeth so that they are in the right position when your jaw is moved to its new alignment. The braces are on for about 9 to 14 months, and they are not removed until after the surgery. There is often a period of time where the braces are kept on post-surgery for any final adjustments to your teeth alignment.

The surgery itself will take about three hours, and it is done under general anesthesia. During the procedure, the jawbone will be adjusted, which could include removing bone, adding bone, or changing the shape of your jaw. It could also require adding screws or metal plates in order to keep your jaw in the correct position.

Recovery lasts about 1 to 3 weeks, and you will need to be on a special diet until you can transition to normal food. It will take between 9 and 12 months for your jaw to heal entirely.

If you have questions about orthognathic surgery and how it can affect the function of your jaw, contact our office today.
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Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
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Chino Valley, AZ 86323
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172 E Merritt St.
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Prescott, AZ 86301
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