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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Treatment for TMJ pain is available from your Spokane, WA dentist

TMJ Pain Treatment at Richard Weigand DDS in Spokane WA Area

The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are located on each side of the jaw and are the hinges that connect the jawbone to the skull.  The joints play a vital role in the function of your jaw and are designed to move in many different directions, making them some of the most complex joints in the body. The repeated stress that is placed on these jaws when we eat, speak, or grind our teeth can lead to painful symptoms. Fortunately, there is relief for individuals who suffer from TMJ pain. Dr. Weigand offers patients in Spokane, WA, treatment options for TMJ disorders that will alleviate discomfort and restore healthy functionality.

Comprehensive diagnosis of TMJ

Chances are, by the time you talk to your dentist about TMJ disorder, you have already explored other options for treating your symptoms with little to no success. Many individuals suffer from symptoms such as chronic headaches, neck and jaw stiffness, and ear pain for years without a proper diagnosis. Dr. Weigand truly understands TMJ disorder and the negative impact it can have on your life. Our team will conduct a comprehensive examination of the teeth and jaw so that we can provide the most effective treatment options.

Treatment for TMJ

For most cases of TMJ disorder, we begin by suggesting conservative lifestyle and behavior modifications such as:

  • Stopping chewing gum
  • Stopping biting on hard objects
  • Improving posture
  • Stress management including meditation or yoga
  • Nightguard to eliminate bruxism

In more severe cases of TMJ, we may recommend a custom oral splint that helps evenly distribute the bite force and keep your jaw in a more neutral position to reduce strain. Other treatment options can include orthodontic treatment to address misalignment and bite problems, and in rare cases, surgery may be necessary to correct the problem.

Dr. Weigand and his team have years of experience improving patients’ quality of life through TMJ treatment. If you are experiencing symptoms such as migraines, limited jaw mobility, dizziness, neck pain, or clicking of the jaw, call our Spokane, WA office at (509) 485-8620 to book an appointment.

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