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

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

Richard D. Weigand, DDS

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Spokane WA dentist treats the source of TMJ Dysfunction, to provide lasting pain relief

TMJ Pain Relief in Spokane WA Area

Pain in the jaw and related structures is a leading cause of disability; in 2012, the National Institutes of Health reported that almost 55% of adults had experienced a musculoskeletal pain disorder in the prior year. Damage to the Temporomandibular Joints (TMJ) and connected chewing muscles and teeth is a significant source of pain, as well as other symptoms that affect function and mobility. As a skilled dentist, Dr. Richard Weigand is adept at preventing, diagnosing, and treating conditions that affect these oral structures. So, effective TMJ pain relief in Spokane WA is available at the office of Richard D. Weigand, DDS.  

Real treatment

Dr. Weigand has grown his practice, partly, with continuing education in the latest dental techniques and technologies; for instance, he’s studied the far-reaching effects of misaligned teeth and teeth-grinding. These conditions place excessive or uneven pressure on the teeth, which gives rise to wear and tear to natural teeth and dental restorations, as well as to TMJ-oriented symptoms. These symptoms may include:

  • Pain in the jaw, face, neck, shoulders, and back
  • Limited range of motion, stiffness, and difficulty opening and closing your mouth
  • Accompanying popping or clicking sounds when you open and close your mouth
  • Muscle fatigue
  • Ringing in your ears
  • Dizziness
  • Frequent migraines, especially upon waking

Dr. Weigand understands that real treatment starts by understanding the cause of your symptoms. Other dentists or health care professionals might suggest muscle relaxers or other pain management medications, which only mask symptoms or don’t address the root of the problem for true resolution. Since there are so many potential causes of dysfunction to the TM “hinge” joints on either side of your face, treatment is personalized to each patient. Orthodontic appliances may be in order, or he may need to repair worn restorations. Dr. Weigand has an exceptional track record of successfully treating patients’ TMJ symptoms conservatively, without surgical intervention or continued reliance on pain meds. Treatment may include one or a mix of the following options for jaw pain relief:

  • Lifestyle intervention – Dr. Weigand may suggest measures to minimize overuse of your jaw muscles; for instance, some patients have experienced dramatic pain relief by avoiding chewing gum, or other sticky and chewy foods.
  • Occlusal therapy – Oral appliances that are customized to your mouth adjust the position of your teeth when the jaws are closed, or your bite. These appliances include oral splints and nightguards. They may be beneficial to balance the neck and jaw muscles and to protect teeth and restorations from damage among “bruxers” who grind their teeth.
  • Physical therapy – Special exercises and massage techniques stretch and strengthen jaw muscles, which aids in resolving pain and other TMJ symptoms.

We are confident that our specialized treatment plans will provide lasting pain relief and resolve chronic TMJ problems. Call (509) 485-8620 to schedule your consultation at the Spokane, WA office of Richard D. Weigand, DDS.

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