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Our Ongoing COVID-19 Response


Our office opened May 18, 2020 to resume most routine dental health care procedures.  It truly is imperative that routine dental services resume in order to help our patients maintain proper dental health, function and appearance.  In the face of the ongoing presence of new and active COVID-19 cases however, our primary focus remains on the safety and general wellbeing of our patients and our dental health team.  Specifically, these are some of the pieces that are in place to ensure that our environment is safe for both YOU and us:

  1. Each morning upon arrival the body temperature of each dental team member is checked and recorded.  Team members are asked to respond to questions regarding respiratory symptoms and general feelings of wellbeing.  

  2. To provide for proper social distancing our dental appointment schedule has been modified to create staggered start times.  This helps to minimize multiple people arriving at the same time.  

  3. Social distancing is practiced amongst our dental team.  Our own arrival and lunch times are staggered to help provide safe distance.

  4. Patients are verbally coached prior to arrival with regard to calling into the office before coming in to ensure that we are prepared to greet them with a temperature check and a series of questions intended to help identify persons potentially carrying the COVID-19 virus.

  5. Magazines, children’s toys, TV remote, etc. have been removed from our reception room to eliminate items that hold potential for cross-contamination. 

  6. Maximum occupancy for our reception room during this phase of the pandemic will remain at three people.

  7. Patients are asked to wait in their cars/trucks until we are able to move them directly into their treatment operatory.  

  8. Face masks are provided for all patients not wearing a face covering of their own.

  9. Commonly touched surfaces: door handles, light switches, counter tops, etc. are on an hourly anti-microbial wipe down schedule.

  10. An acrylic barrier is in place at the front desk.

  11. Each of our six treatment operatories are equipped with a Medify Air MA-14 air purifier providing H-13 true HEPA medical grade air filtration.  

  12. Dental team members are equipped with proper personal protective equipment which includes gloves, face mask, face shield, protective eyewear, and clinical coat.

  13. Treatment operatory surfaces are disinfected between each patient.

  14. Statim steam autoclaves are used for sterilization of dental instruments.


We will continue to monitor the numbers provided by Governor DeWine’s office on a daily basis.  Until the number of COVID-19 related hospitalizations, ICU admissions and deaths have approached ZERO, there will continue to be some limitations on the procedures we are able to safely provide.  Even with use of medical grade air filtration, aerosols generated in a dental setting during certain treatment procedures will continue to pose a threat to the safety and wellbeing of our patients and our team.  We will ask for your continued patience while we all await an environment that allows for a complete and full slate of treatment options.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns related to your personal safety and wellbeing in our environment.

Office phone: 513.459.1377

Email: drdavis@gregorydavisdds.com


Thank you,


Gregory P Davis, DDS

Brianna M Webb, DMD

 

Treating a Potentially Serious Condition, Sleep Apnea

Do you find yourself feeling tired and agitated in spite of a full night's sleep? Sleep apnea could be to blame, and the repercussions can be far worse than simply disrupting a spouse's sleep with loud snoring.

Dr. Gregory P. Davis is a member of the Doctor Alliance Group and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.  From his office based in Mason he offers treatment for sleep apnea to patients in Cincinnati, West Chester and surrounding communities. If you are experiencing symptoms of sleep apnea, contact our practice today to schedule a consultation

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is characterized by the interruption of breathing during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea, the most common form of this condition, occurs when the airways become obstructed by the throat muscles, which relax during sleep. This can cause you to awaken for a few seconds at a time, several times an hour. Time spent awake is so brief that you may not remember your sleep being disrupted. As a result, you may wake up in the morning feeling groggy and tired, in spite of what you believe was a perfectly good night's sleep. Gone untreated, this prolonged reduction in blood oxygen saturation throughout the night can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure, and other very serious complications.

In some cases, an imbalance in the brain's respiratory control centers causes sleep apnea. This is known as central sleep apnea, and is considered more complex than obstructive sleep apnea. Those suffering from central sleep apnea usually require the care of a specialist.

Illustration comparing healthy patient to airway obstructed by sleep apnea
In healthy patients, the airway remains clear during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea involves the collapse of soft tissue which inhibits breathing.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Loud consistent snoring is the most apparent and widely known symptom of sleep apnea. However, there are several other tell-tale signs that should be noted. You should consult with Dr. Davis if you are experiencing: 

  • Waking with a choking or gasping sensation
  • Fatigue or sleepiness throughout the day
  • Memory loss, confusion or attention problems
  • Irritability and mood swings
  • Headaches, particularly in the morning
  • Waking with a sore or dry throat

Available Treatment Options

Dr. Davis can help outline an appropriate treatment plan based on your needs. Meanwhile, he works in conjunction with a specialist to monitor improvement. Treating your sleep apnea may be as simple as sleeping in a different position, or losing weight. In other cases, surgery may be necessary.

In many cases, sleep apnea can be relieved with special devices worn during sleep. Custom mouthpieces can reposition the jaw, bringing the lower jaw forward and keeping the airways open. In other cases, patients may require a CPAP machine, which delivers a steady stream of air through a special mask. Dr. Davis will work closely with you to find the right solution for your needs.

Learn More About Sleep Apnea

Millions of Americans are affected by sleep apnea, but are totally unaware. Dr. Davis and his trusted specialists can determine whether you are experiencing sleep apnea, and prescribe the treatments necessary to help you achieve restful sleep. It is never too soon to address sleep apnea and determine a strategy to overcome its potentially debilitating effects. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you. 

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Dr. Davis is especially good with kids. And his staff? Helpful, compassionate, and caring. They take care of business for you. Thumbs up. 10 on a scale of 5.

-Steve K.
Mason, OH