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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 an Oral Splint Used For?


Posted on 11/9/2020 by Candice
What Is an Oral Splint Used For?Sometimes, an oral splint is used to help with directing the movement of the jaw before moving on to the second phase of treatment - a TMJ procedure or reconstructive surgery.

What Is an Oral Splint?


An oral splint, also called an occlusal splint, is an orthotic device that is a special type of mouth guard. The splint can be made for people who have TMJ, or temporomandibular joint dysfunction, problems with grinding or clenching their teeth (bruxism), or who plan to undergo a full mouth reconstruction. The splint is personalized for use, based on the detail of rendered models on an instrument, known as an articulator. An articulator simulates the movement of the jaw. Made of an acrylic resin, the splint guides the jaw as it moves side to side or back and forth. The device protects the teeth from harmful jaw movements and supports the joint muscles used for chewing. One of the innovations made to the device includes a feature that repositions the lower jaw, allowing for more airflow for patients diagnosed with sleep apnea.

Types of Oral Splints for TMJ Treatment


Most often, an oral splint is used to reposition the jaw in situations where patients are diagnosed with TMJ. Several types of splints are featured, depending on the severity of the condition. For example, an over-the-counter splint is an economical splint that keeps the patient from grinding and clenching their teeth. An Essix retainer is clear and protects the teeth from the mild symptoms of TMJ. A custom flat plane bite splint is designed for more serious grinding problems. You can also choose a neuromuscular orthotic that can be removed. This splint is used to treat both bruxism and TMJ dysfunction. A neuromuscular mandibular advanced splint uses the latest in technology to balance the jaw as you sleep. This particular splint is only used for sleep apnea patients.

If you have TMJ, you will wear an oral splint, on average, about 3 months. During the second treatment stage, you may undergo a full-mouth reconstruction or similar adjustment to the jawbone. To learn more about occlusal or oral splints, give us a call today. Schedule an appointment for a consultation and exam if you have problems with bruxism or TMJ.



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15128 W Bell Rd, Suite 12
Surprise, AZ 85374
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7136 East Pav Way
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
(928) 277-0076

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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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