The safety, health and well-being of our mutual patients has always been our top priority. Whether this is through the care we provide or the environment of our surgical facilities. Our internal policies and procedures have always exceeded federally mandated guidelines to protect our patients and staff. Our commitment to provide your patients the safest care throughout this evolving situation is not something we take lightly.
We always have and will continue to go above and beyond to ensure that we are exceeding the highest standard of care and customer service.
Here are a few extra precautions that we are taking, but not limited to:
• Monitoring guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization.
• Following the news related to local conditions on an hourly basis.
• Increasing the frequency of our sanitation practices inside and outside our surgical facilities.
• Wiping down our waiting rooms, chairs, counters and door handles hourly.
• Providing additional hand sanitizer to patients.
• Allowing our patients to wait in their cars or outside our office and notifying them when we are ready for their appointment.
We are also asking our patients a few questions to help mitigate any potential exposures. These questions are:
• If you are a patient who has traveled outside the US within the last month
• Had contact with someone who traveled outside the US and was/is now sick
• Had contact with someone who was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus or the flu
• Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms: Temperature, Active Cough or Trouble Breathing
If you answer yes, our doctor will be informed and will take appropriate action to protect patients and staff.
The Doctors and Staff at SVII
The temporomandibular joint lets you close and open your mouth comfortably. If you experience chronic pain around your face, jaw, mouth or ears, you know something is wrong with that. This pain is called temporomandibular joint disorder, also known as TMJ.
Additionally, when you move your jaw, you might experience chewing problems, muscle spasms or popping sounds. You should have a dentist seek prompt treatment before the situation gets worse.
1. Fractured Teeth
Joint disorders are commonly caused by continual grinding and teeth clenching. You may even grind while asleep so you don't even realize what you're doing. Constant pressure on the teeth can cause them to chip and break over time, eroding both oral health and confidence. This will require the use of bridges or crowns to reinforce the impacted teeth.
Tinnitus is a condition in which a person experiences almost constant buzzing in the ears or ringing. Given the location of the jaw joint near the ears, experts believe that a disorder may impact nearby hearing bones. Additionally, joint disorders may exacerbate problems for people who already have experience with tinnitus.
Constant migraines and pain around the jaw can impact the quality of a person's sleep. A person with a regular pattern might not be able to fall asleep. The condition can also increase a person's risk of developing cortisol rhythms and sleep apnea.
The seriousness of the problem can also be affected by your sleeping position. Patients with TMJ are recommended to sleep on their backs to get adequate support for their heads and necks.
Visit Our Office
When you visit Dr. Saunders' office in Harrisonburg, Virginia for TMJ treatment, you can alleviate the constant discomfort. Depending on the severity of your exact case, our dentist may suggest relaxation exercises, cortisone shots or an occlusal night guard. Time a rendezvous today to explore your options.
119A University Blvd
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
New Patients: 540-431-4392
Current Patients: 540-434-8575
Monday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 12:00pm
*Closed 1pm to 2pm for Lunch