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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Laser dentistry means virtually pain-free treatment in Spokane, WA

Laser dentistry is a technological advance that is changing how patients in ​Spokane, WAfeel about oral care. With three of these innovative tools on site at Richard D Weigand DDS, patients enjoy more comfortable treatment with speedier healing. Dr. Weigand can deliver care with greater efficiency and accuracy. That makes laser dentistry a win for everyone involved.

P​rocedures aided by advanced laser dentistry

Dr. Weigand is one of only a few dentists in the area qualified to use dental lasers. He has completed many hours of training, and he maintains status as a Fellow of the World Clinical Laser Institute to offer minimally invasive treatment alternatives.

  • Laser dental cleaning reduces need for manual scraping. This technique removes plaque and hardened tartar and kills harmful oral bacteria.
  • Laser cavity detection. The device illuminates areas of decay hidden from view (such as between teeth or beneath old dental work), or too small to show in an X-ray or see with the unassisted eye. Early detection avoids toothache and results in smaller fillings.
  •  Laser filling preparation – Use of laser for cavities doesn’t end with detection. Dr. Weigand utilizes focused light energy to remove decayed tooth structure without drilling.
  •  Laser gum surgery – Dr. Weigand uses a soft tissue laser to treat gum disease with precision. Diseased tissue is removed and periodontal pockets around teeth are sanitized. This technique greatly reduces post-procedure sensitivity.
  •  Laser gum recontouring – Do you have a “gummy smile,” or uneven edges? Gum tissue can also be modified for cosmetic enhancement with laser dentistry.
  •   Laser frenectomy for adults – Waterlase dentistry is a brief and simple solution for tongue- or lip-tie.

​Advantages of laser dentistry in Spokane, WA

  • ​Minimally-invasive – With laser dentistry there is no cutting or suturing.
  • Highly accurate, for reduced soft tissue trauma and preservation of healthy hard structures.
  • Virtually pain-free. In many cases, numbing is not needed.
  • Quicker treatment, so you spend less time in the chair.
  • Little or no bleeding or swelling, since the device seals vascular tissue automatically.
  • Fast recovery – Return to regular activities the next day and resume your normal diet.

Leading edge dentistry is beneficial for every patient. If you are in the ​Spokane, WA area, “​laser dentistry near me” is close by at Richard D Weigand DDS. Call (509) 485-8620 to book an appointment.

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