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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Find effective TMJ treatment in Spokane, WA

Do you endure daily discomfort in the jaw area, neck, or head? Estimates suggest that over 10 million people in the U.S. are affected by ​TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders (TMD). This chronic condition causes inflammation in the jaw joint, making it difficult to speak and eat comfortably, and often causes pain. You do not have to live with TMD symptoms. With proper ​treatmentat Richard D Weigand DDS in ​Spokane, WA, you can get rid of the pain and enjoy enhanced quality of life.

Understanding TMD

TMJ disorders occur when the joint that connects your jaw to your skull is damaged. This can happen when the teeth or jaw are injured, but may also be an effect of misalignment, bruxism, arthritis, stress, or poor posture.

Many patients who suffer from TMD have not been diagnosed, but living with chronic symptoms has greatly impacted their lives:

  • Frequent headaches, especially in the morning
  • Jaw or ear pain
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Waking up with a sore throat or dry mouth
  • Sore or chipped teeth
  • Limited jaw mobility and jaw noises

Tailored TMJ treatment in Spokane, WA

Dr. Weigand has studied the effects of oral imperfections, such as a misaligned bite and bruxism, on teeth and dental restorations. For example, bruxism is the grinding of the teeth. It is harmful to teeth and enhancements such as veneers. A misaligned bite adds undue pressure, which can cause chips and fractures in crowns. This is especially important to note for the placement of dental implants.

By understanding how these factors can change a patient’s bite pattern, he can properly diagnose a concern prior to treatment to increase the rate of success.

Dr. Weigand begins with the most ​conservative technique for TMJ pain relief​ such as elimination of chewing gum, using warm compresses, and gentle massage. For more intense cases, TMJ therapy with an oral appliance may be beneficial. This TMJ cure involves wearing an oral splint that reduces jaw strain and redistributes bite force. Dr. Weigand has had ​excellent success with these techniques​, with surgical TMJ adjustment rarely needed.

Have you searched for a “TMJ doctor near me,” only to be prescribed muscle relaxers for TMJ symptoms instead having underlying cause of the problem addressed? It is time to call (509) 485-8620 for a consultation with Dr. Weigand for jaw pain treatment that brings real relief.

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