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March 28, 2020

COVID-19 has impacted our office and the dental industry for the time being and emergency patients must be our focus for now. To help us define what constitutes a dental emergency, the ADA has stepped in to help.  

At this time, our dental professionals are limited to seeing patients who have: 

•  Bleeding that doesn’t stop

• Painful swelling in or around your mouth

•  Pain in a tooth, teeth or jaw bone

•  Gum infection with pain or swelling

•  After surgery treatment (dressing change, stitch removal)

•  Broken or knocked out tooth

• Denture adjustment for people receiving radiation or other treatment for cancer

• Snipping or adjusting wire of braces that hurts your cheek or gums

• Biopsy of abnormal tissue

Regular care is important and necessary to maintain a healthy mouth,...

March 18, 2020

Hello Friends,

In the midst of our current National Emergency concerning the COVID-19 virus, we would like to assure you that at Spring Valley Dental Group, your health, safety and well-being is our highest priority. 

While we believe maintaining oral health is key to our overall health, we have made the difficult decision to follow the Illinois State Dental Society’s recommendation to reschedule all non-essential appointments until Wednesday, April 8th. We believe this closure will allow us to more effectively evaluate this dynamic situation and support the CDC’s guidance of social separation. It is critical to do our part to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and keep our community safe. 

Our team has begun reaching out to patients with appointments scheduled during this...

March 16, 2020

If I close my eyes, I can conjure up a very vivid memory of my childhood dentist. I see a pale green, belt-driven chunk of dental equipment as big as my refrigerator with a tooth-polishing unit to my left. In front of me and nearly upside down, I see a very light blue pair of eyes. He was a nice guy. It’s as vivid as if it were yesterday; no mask, no gloves, no glasses. That was the norm back then.

By the time I was in dental school, almost 20 years later, there were new  infections floating around.  Dental professionals had come to understand that you couldn’t look at someone and tell if they were infected. Let me say that a different way. Anyone in front of us could be infected with what was a deadly, incurable disease. Dentistry’s response: treat every patient like they’ve got the m...

February 18, 2020

Being a dental hygienist and a mother, my children know the concern I have with candy and sugar. My goal every day, is to help educate parents and kids about the importance of good oral home care. The key in life is that almost everything is acceptable in moderation. And when talking about candy, it is best when combined with brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups.

January 25, 2020

Do kids have sleeping disorders? Sleep disordered breathing in children is more common than most people realize. Sleep Disordered Breathing can manifest itself in a variety of easily overlooked symptoms or misdiagnosis.  If parents suspect sleep is evading their kids, what do they do?

Spring Valley Dental Group’s own Dr. Jon Owen found himself asking that same question as he noted many of the behaviors and outward symptoms in his own children. His investigation into potential treatments lead him to become intimately involved in utilizing the Healthy Start appliance with his children. Now, he hopes to share his experience in hopes it may be useful to other parents experiencing the same issues. 

What intrigued you to find out the appliance? 

Simply put, my kids were the reason I looked int...

December 12, 2019

December is a time for reflections on the reason for the season, family, and for some, many questions about dental insurance. January resets the game table as dental coverage changes bring uncertainty and our patients, thankfully, call the office looking for advice about how to navigate the dental insurance waters in hopes they make the best choice.

What questions do they ask? I thought I’d share them!

1. Which plans are in network with Spring Valley Dental Group?

Currently, SVDG is in-network with four plans: Delta Dental, United Concordia, MetLife, and BC/BS of IL. We also accept plans that are out-of-network and will file claims for all.

2. What does it mean to me if Spring Valley Dental Group is out of my plan’s network?

A patient with an out-of-network provider will see an increase th...

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