COVID -19 update • WE ARE NOW OPEN! Your health and well-being continues to be our top priority.

COVID -19 update • WE ARE NOW OPEN! Your health and well-being continues to be our top priority.

(403) 382-2273

We Are Now Open!

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.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the Alberta Dental Association and College (ADA&C), Health Canada and the Canadian Centre For Occupational Health and Saftey(CCOHS).

We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

To ensure the health and wellbeing of our patients and team members, we have installed 2 different types of air purifiers at our dental office. Both of these are manufactured by the Canadian company, Surgically Clean Air.

  • CASCADE WHITE - The Cascade White is the first unit you will see when you enter our office. We have placed this in the waiting area because this is the largest room in our office. The Cascade White is able to filter up to 576 cubic feet per minute.

    The Cascade White filter has 6 stages of filtration including UV sterilization, plus two additional negative ion chambers to ensure the air is as fresh as possible. These six filters capture 99.998% of dust particles, pollen, volatile organic chemicals (VOCs), mold, allergens, viruses, odors (like formaldehyde and smoke), bio-aerosols, nitrous oxide, and many other pollutants that are found in the inside air. The negative ion generator makes the indoor environment feel more pure, clean, and energized.
  • JADE - The Jade filter is what you will find in each of our operatories. The Jade filters still have the same 6 stage filtering system and will move 383 cubic feet per minute. This means the Jade will filter all the air in a 10 x 10 room in about 2 minutes. 

Both of these filters perform their duties without being loud, (an industry-leading low level of about 55DB) or creating a “breeze” that can be uncomfortable for our patients. 

Some additional changes you may also see when it is time for your next appointment. 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 will not allow patients to enter our office who have symptoms or have traveled outside of Canada in the last 2 weeks.
  • 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.
  • In the interest of physical distancing, we are advising all adult patients to attend the office alone to prevent crowding. 
  • 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.
  • For our safety and yours, we currently cannot accept walk-ins. 

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 (403) 382‑2273.

So come on in to get your dental work done and enjoy Surgically Clean Air! 

TMJ Diagnosis

Your Lethbridge TMJ Dentist

An accurate diagnosis helps us identify the best treatment option for temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). At Cool Dental in Lethbridge, we start the process with an initial consultation with Dr. Lachman.

TMJ and Your Overall Health

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is responsible for several things. It makes opening and closing the mouth possible. It also helps you chew, swallow, and speak.

The TMJ is connected to the skull and can have an effect on other areas of your body. If you have issues with your jaw joint or bite alignment, your jaw muscles will need to work harder.

This leads to fatigue in surrounding muscles and the disorder can cause headaches or migraines, neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, and posture issues.

Sonia's Story: Severe TMJ pain treated by Dr. Karstan Lachman

Diagnosing TMJ Disorders

Diagnosing TMD can be tough. There’s no single standard exam to find out whether or not you have it.

At Cool Dental, Dr. Lachman performs a thorough examination to determine the root cause of the jaw joint issue. We take into account your habits and lifestyle choices. And we also talk to you about the signs and symptoms you’re experiencing.

We then carefully observe and monitor these symptoms. We also take CAT scans of your teeth and jaw joints. We look into X-rays of your upper and lower teeth to identify how the jaw joint problem is connected to the symptoms you’ve reported, such as neck pain, muscle tenderness, and damaged teeth and gums.

This procedure also allows us to evaluate the presence of any underlying health condition or breathing problems.

Once we have completed your TMD diagnosis, we can proceed to customize a treatment plan for you. We recommend one or a combination of treatments depending on the severity of the TMD.

If the TMD is largely due to your everyday habits, making changes to your lifestyle can offer huge relief. However, if it’s a more serious case, we can recommend dental appliances such as the TMJ orthotic.

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How Can Cool Dental Help?

Living in pain can significantly affect your well-being. If you’ve been enduring jaw pain or a bad bite, we invite you to visit our dental office in Lethbridge.

Through a comprehensive TMD diagnosis, we’ll find out what’s causing the pain and discomfort. Our dental team, headed by Dr. Lachman, will help you progressively feel better.

Restore the health and function of your TMJ system and reclaim your life. Contact us today at (403) 382-2273 to book your initial consultation for your TMJ diagnosis with our Lethbridge dentist.


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CONTACT INFO

Phone: (403) 382-2273

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1917 Mayor Magrath Drive, Suite 10 S
Lethbridge, AB
T1K 2R8

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Monday - Thursday7:00am - 5:30pmFriday7:00am - 3:00pm

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