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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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When You Should Avoid Ice Following Oral Surgery

Posted on 1/10/2020 by Andrew Zeiger
When You Should Avoid Ice Following Oral SurgeryOral surgery is one of the things you hope not to get but sometimes have to for the greater good. In many cases, surgery is often the best chance of solving something once and for all. When it comes to the mouth, people have a myriad of reasons to go under the knife.

While some people do it to get the aesthetics they want, others do it to rectify trauma or intervene for medical purposes. Even though the surgery might be a success, there is still healing. After the anesthesia wears off, there is a lot of pain and discomfort all over. While this is to be expected, not many people know how to deal with this pain. Sometimes, a lot of us will run to ice, and that is not a good idea.

Here is why:

As a Pain Killer
In the days to come after oral surgery, pain and discomfort are very common. Sometimes, this pain gets to be too much for some people who will then look for relief. Since ice numbs the nerve endings, some ice in your mouth should give you some temporary reprieve from the continuous pain. However, ice melts very fast and, therefore, can't be relied on to provide long-lasting relief from pain. However, medication will take the pain away as you heal, and the effects last for longer.

Tooth Complications

After oral surgery, your mouth is often not in the best shape to be on the offensive. While using ice can help you to get some much-needed relief, the cold can very well damage the teeth by chipping them, bringing on tooth sensitivity, and even bringing about an infection of the gums. When the teeth chip on blocks of ice, the problem might persist until you finally get root canal therapy, which is not only more uncomfortable but also quite costly.

After you have had oral surgery, there is a whole journey waiting for you. In our practice, we often have some conversations on how to tackle the issues that might be ahead. In cases where you think the ice will help, then use it in short spurts, for example, 15 minutes on the site and then 15 minutes off. If you would like to know more, contact our office today.

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15128 W Bell Rd, Suite 12
Surprise, AZ 85374
(602) 842-4864

Prescott Valley
7136 East Pav Way
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
(928) 277-0076

Chino Valley
1260 Hwy. 89, Ste. G
Chino Valley, AZ 86323
(928) 589-1776

172 E Merritt St.
Suite F
Prescott, AZ 86301
(928) 443-1200

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