Dear Patient:

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You'll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
    • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
    • You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
    • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
  • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at (509) 485-8620 or visit our website at www.drweigand.com

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Sincerely,
Richard D. Weigand, DDS

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No drill, no pain, no downtime dentistry with laser dental care in Spokane, WA

Laser Dental Care in Spokane Area

Living in one of the largest population centers in Washington State, Dr. Richard Weigand understands that you have a lot of dentists to choose from for your (and your family’s) oral care. However, few dental offices within the northeast region have the tools and training to offer laser dentistry. A Fellow of the World Clinical Laser Institute, Dr. Weigand has maintained extensive, advanced knowledge of the latest laser technologies for use in many common dental procedures, including:

  • Professional cleaning
  • Gum disease treatment
  • Early cavity detection
  • Restorations, such as fillings
  • Frenectomies for adult tongue- and lip-ties
  • Gum lifts for gummy smiles

Laser dental care in Spokane, WA, at Richard D. Weigand, DDS, has several benefits; when the device is directed toward the treatment site, soft and hard tissues are treated and manipulated precisely with a light and gentle touch. This light-touch minimizes the risks of post-treatment side effects and complications, such as bleeding, pain, and swelling. Lasers are also used in dentistry as an alternative to many of the common sources of dental anxiety and fear, summed up in the four “S’s”:

  • Sights, needles and scalpels and scrapers
  • Sounds, notably, grinding of dental drills
  • Sensations, pressure from dental tools and the “pinch” from shots
  • Smells, clinical scents produced by instruments and products

Many of these sources of discomfort and apprehension are eliminated with the use of lasers. So, it is a great option for any patient, children, and adults alike, who have not visited the dentist in a while due to anxiety over how the procedure will feel, or due to previous negative experiences at other dentists’ offices.

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Waterlase Combines Laser Technology with a Continuous Water Spray in Spokane Area

Dr. Weigand has invested in the Waterlase system. As its name suggests, Waterlase combines laser technology with a continuous water spray. The laser accurately pinpoints tissues within just the treatment area, avoiding neighboring structures. This allows for the most precise treatment possible, as well as the most conservative treatment – natural tooth structure and other tissues are preserved. The addition of a water spray further helps to assure comfort by minimizing heat produced during your procedure.

Since treatment is so “light-touch” and bleeding and other risks are minimized, there is nothing to recover from with laser-assisted dentistry. So, you can get back to regular activities, and work and school with no downtime. Advanced systems also help to unlock your body’s natural and efficient healing capabilities.

Laser systems are a great fit for a practice focused on patient experience, a team that sees “you” – not just your teeth, gums, and symptoms. Call (509) 485-8620 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Weigand at the Spokane, WA office.

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