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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Dental treatments without the scalpel, drill, and discomfort: The benefits of laser dentistry in Spokane WA

Learn the Benefits of Laser Dentistry Treatments by Visiting Richard D Weigand Dds in Spokane, Wa Area

Richard D. Weigand, DDS is trained and equipped to offer comfortable, fast, precise, conservative, and low-risk alternatives to drills, needles, and scalpels for many common dental procedures. As a Fellow of the World Clinical Laser Institute, Dr. Weigand is among a select group of dentists qualified to use laser dental treatments in Spokane, WA, and the surrounding area.

The power of laser dentistry

Laser devices produce a specific color (wavelength) of light. Each wavelength has a unique effect on oral structures due to how that particular wavelength of energy is absorbed into the tissues. While some lasers are absorbed by blood and tissue pigments, others are absorbed by water and hard tissues (enamel, dentin, and bone).

Dr. Weigand has invested in devices that are designed to target different types of tissues. This is important because it allows laser dentistry at his office to truly be versatile, which means that many different types of patients can benefit from all of the advantages that come with laser technology. Lasers are generally categorized as:

  • Soft tissue – The wavelengths produced by these lasers target pigments in soft tissues such as the gums, as well as harmful bacteria such as Porphyromonas gingivalis – a leading contributor to chronic periodontitis or advanced gum disease. These lasers also easily interact with inflamed and vascular tissues. They may be used to recontour “gummy” smiles for cosmetic enhancement, precisely treat gum disease, or sterilize periodontal pockets between the teeth and gums.
  • Hard tissue or “all tissue” – Some laser instruments are designed to generate energy that is optimally absorbed by the mineral phosphates in tooth enamel and the water in soft and/or hard tissues. For example, Dr. Weigand may use such devices to detect and treat cavities. Due to the laser’s ability to shed light on areas of decay that are otherwise too small or well-hidden to be identified with the naked eye or conventional diagnostic tools, it allows Dr. Weigand to detect cavities early in the decay process when they’re easier (and much more cost-effective) to treat. This approach further helps to preserve as much of the tooth’s natural and healthy structure as possible.

Dr. Weigand also offers WaterLase. This system combines a laser device with a continuous spray of water. The water spray helps to minimize excess heat, which allows for more comfortable treatment (that is so well-tolerated, a numbing anesthetic may not be necessary!). WaterLase offers a bloodless and minimally-invasive alternative to the scalpel, drill, and other conventional dental tools in a variety of procedures. These include adult frenectomies, which involve removing excess frenulum tissue under the tongue or between the lips and gums, as well as a number of other laser dental treatment techniques.

Lasers are transforming the way patients perceive and experience dentistry. Call (509) 485-8620 to schedule your appointment, and enjoy the ease of advanced laser dentistry at the dental practice of Richard Weigand, DDS.

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