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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What your Spokane, WA dentist is doing to ensure a safe dental visit during Covid-19

Safe Dental Visit During Covid-19 in Spokane Wa Area

Dental offices have a long history of effectively dealing with infectious diseases and putting in infection control guidelines. So, we at Richard D. Weigand, DDS, were in a great position to build upon guidelines issued, as the Governor embarked on the Safe Start phased approach to recovery.

We want to reinforce to all of our dear patients and their families that we are adhering to the guidance issued by the Office of the Governor, and supported by the Washington State Dental Association, in resuming non-urgent dental procedures. We are taking every precaution to assure a safe dental visit during Covid-19 for Spokane, WA area residents who may be anxious or apprehensive about patronizing medical practices and other businesses as they reopen.

For your peace of mind, we are sharing some of the safety precautions that you can expect to experience during your visit:

  • Dr. Richard Weigand will exercise his clinical judgment from the get-go, to determine if the risks of the visit outweigh the benefits, based off of each patient’s specific needs, medical history, and other characteristics, as well as the current environment (local prevalence of COVID-19 at a given time).
  • Patients will be screened for symptoms as soon as they enter the office. We will take your temperature before giving you the OK to move forward with treatment. Knowing that everyone in the building has been screened for fever and other self-reported symptoms, gives you the confidence that the risk of disease spread has been minimized.
  • Additionally, during check-in, every effort has been made to facilitate a low-touch or touchless experience. You may notice clear barriers, for instance, between you and our staff once you arrive, similar to plexiglass screens at the grocery or retail stores.
  • Visitor access will be limited. We are also asking that visitors, like our staff, wear masks or facial coverings, and that you maintain social distancing of at least six feet.
  • You will notice the dentist and staff wearing appropriate, sanitary patient protective equipment (PPE), such as masks, gloves, gowns, and goggles.
  • Signage about and access to hand sanitizers and other disinfectants and cleaning aides will be abundant.
  • Non-emergency procedures that produce aerosols will be managed or avoided; notably, after your cleaning, offices are generally forgoing the dental polishing due to the risks associated with aerosols that can travel over six feet and linger for hours. Do not worry – your teeth will still feel fresh and clean.

Of course, this is just a glimpse into the precautions our family is taking to assure your family’s safety. We are more than ready to see you soon. Call (509) 485-8620 to schedule your appointment at Richard D. Weigand, DDS, in Spokane, WA.

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