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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/
Orofacial Pain is Not a Way of Life You Need to Struggle With
Posted on 5/29/2020 by Candice
Orofacial Pain is Not a Way of Life You Need to Struggle With
For one reason or another, some people ignore pain when it happens in their body. They have plenty of reasons, including that the pain is not that bad, or they hope that it will go away. Orofacial pain refers to any pain felt in the mouth, jaws and face. It is something that you may not want to ignore. In fact, it is something that you should not even struggle with. There are plenty of different causes of orofacial pain, and there are plenty of ways to avoid the struggle with it.

Types of Orofacial Pain


The term orofacial pain refers to any pain that you feel in the mouth, jaws or face. There are many different reasons that you can suffer from orofacial pain. Toothaches, trauma, gum disease, and problems with your teeth can lead to the pain. Because there are so many causes for orofacial pain, there are also many different types of pain. Some will suffer a sudden onset of pain from a trauma that will continue until the site of the trauma heals. Others will suffer from intermittent tooth sensitivity caused by different issues. There are some that will suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) that feel the pain every now and then and will have pain that comes in different forms. There is no one way to describe what orofacial pain is.

Dealing with the Pain


There is never a reason to accept the pain and just try to get accustomed to it. No matter what the cause of orofacial pain, there is usually some way to treat it. Treatment can fall into two categories. The best thing is to treat the cause of the pain. If it comes from a cavity, getting treatment for the cavity is the solution. If it comes from a trauma, taking steps to fix that will help. When the issue is a chronic pain from something like TMJ, the solution is finding ways to manage the pain through medications, exercise and other forms of treatment.
No matter what kind of orofacial pain you have, there is something you can do. You have to make the decision to stop living with the pain and work to take care of it.
If you want help with orofacial pain, contact our office to schedule your appointment.
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Surprise, AZ 85374
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7136 East Pav Way
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
(928) 277-0076

Chino Valley
1260 Hwy. 89, Ste. G
Chino Valley, AZ 86323
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172 E Merritt St.
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Prescott, AZ 86301
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