Drs. Belfiglio, Wrigley & Yuknis

COVID-19 Update

May 14, 2020

We are still working on a re-opening plan, with the biggest hold-up still getting a hold of the necessary protective equipment for our staff. The State did update the Health Mandate to allow some care with enhanced patient and staff screenings, but with testing still strongly recommended. We are still working with testing centers to determine turn-around times and consistent availability.

We are also still waiting for the CDC to issue updated guidance for dental settings to do so in the safest manner for our patients and ourselves. I know some offices in town are opening to see more patients, some may have managed to secure more protective equipment, others are interpreting the mandate very loosely or may be compromising on PPE. We are proceeding cautiously first for safety and because we are not getting a consistent supply of masks and gowns. We also need to make sure that we have enough stock on hand to treat emergencies for an extended period if supply chains continue to be lacking. We don’t want to burn through all our supplies and have nothing to treat those painful toothaches. I have been working with multiple suppliers and online retailers to get the equipment we need.

Updated Office Information

Please call before coming into the Boniface Dental Center, and wear a mask or face covering when entering the building to avoid exposure to our staff and others in the lobby. Hand sanitizer will be available in the lobby. You can use your elbow to press the handicap opener if you prefer to avoid touching the door handles, but we are wiping them down frequently. We are screening everyone with questions, over the phone, and in-person and also taking temperatures before entering into the office. We are also screening ourselves to ensure we do not come to the office with COVID-19 symptoms or a fever.

If you had an appointment scheduled, it has automatically been canceled, and we will reach out to reschedule when we are certain we can see you again. We have added air purifiers and will be switching rooms between patients to minimize your risk and are awaiting the CDC Office Re-opening Guidelines.

We have made some changes to our office schedule. Our Front Desk staff will be checking messages daily and coming into the office between Monday and Friday from 9-12 to return calls and take care of insurance claims and take payments. Our phones are set to allow you to leave a message, and they will call you back when they are in the office to assist you.
If you have an urgent but non-emergency issue, you can leave a message on the office phone. Messages will be checked daily. If you have something that can’t wait, please call our cell phones, listed below.

Thanks and take care, we look forward to seeing you in the office when we have the resources to treat you safely.

Ben Belfiglio 907-947-1810
Debbie Wrigley 907-230-1080
Office 907-333-9591

Read the entire COVID-19 update 05-14-2020 (PDF)

 

About Us

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Dr. Ben Belfiglio and his team of independent associates: Dr. Debbie Wrigley and Dr. Leonard Yuknis are here to provide you with friendly, conservative, dental care. No hard sales, web specials, or advertising gimmicks, just an honest evaluation of your needs.

We know that the best advertising comes from happy patients who refer friends and family to Solstice Dentistry. Because a happy smile and the ability to chew the foods you love sells itself. Our associates at Solstice Dentistry are delighted to take care of your teeth, even if you haven’t had dental care for a while. We have several patients who have not seen a dentist for 10 or 15 years, leave saying, “If dentists had been this nice to me ten years ago, I wouldn’t have stayed away so long.”

As honest, conservative dentists, we like the personal touch and accountability of using our last names for our brand. We have too many long names for our front desk staff to communicate on the phone and needed a recognizable domain name for our website. Thus Solstice Dentistry was born.

Patient Resources

Thank you for choosing Solstice Dentistry to serve your dental care. We provide high-quality dental care to our patients and are committed to your treatment being successful. To assist our patients, we offer the following patient resources for your convenience.

If you have any question about these documents, please call our office at (907) 333-9591 during regular business hours.

Our Team

Ben Belfiglio, DDS

Ben went to Loma Linda School of Dentistry, where he met his wife Dr. Debbie Wrigley, who was born and raised in Anchorage. Since the Army paid for his dental school, he served tours at Camp Casey, South Korea and a 15-month tour in Iraq before finishing active duty at Ft. Richardson. He loves anything to do with water: fishing, surfing, kiteboarding, and exploring Alaska. Ben purchased the practice from Leonard Yuknis in 2012. With the same philosophies of conservative care and friendly personality, the transition has been smooth, and our patients are delighted.

Independent Associates:

Debbie Wrigley, DDS

Debbie was born and raised in Anchorage. After dental school, she spent two years practicing in Homer, before moving back to Anchorage. Debbie joined the practice in 2007. She excels at working with children and esthetic dentistry. She loves hiking, cross country skiing, mountain biking, surfing, and of course animals.

Leonard Yuknis, DDS

Leonard established the practice, he and the other original dentists of Boniface Dental Center built the building in 1977. For over 35 years, he has practiced in Anchorage and has a long history of families seeing him, some into the fifth generation. His easy-going personality and endless jokes make him a pleasure to work with at Solstice Dentistry. Leonard’s an avid pilot, hunter, and fisherman.

Our Services

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We strive to take care of as many of our patient’s needs as possible in our office. If you have a more complicated case, we have an excellent network of specialists we use for referrals.

Are you coming in from the Bush or the Slope?  We will try to work with your schedule to care for you as you pass through Anchorage.

Some of the services we provide are:

  • Free Second Opinion Consults
  • Preventative: Exams, Sealants, Prescription Flouride and Mouthrinses
  • Esthetics: Bleaching, All-ceramic crowns/veneers, Tooth-colored fillings and repairs of chips,
  • Implants, limited cases of Clear Correct (braces-free tooth straightening)
  • Fillings: Silver and Tooth Colored
  • In-house dental lab for a quick turn around and custom shade matching
  • Crowns and Bridges: All Porcelain, Zirconia, Porcelain Fused to Metal and Gold
  • Root Canals: Front Teeth, Premolars, and most Molars
  • Full and Partial Dentures
  • Hygiene: Basic cleanings and more advanced Scaling and Root Planing
  • Oral Surgery: Simple and Surgical Extractions, Wisdom Tooth Extractions, Simple Biopsies, Implants, and Bone Grafts

Our Technology

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We believe in conservative treatment using proven techniques. We do not push new or gimmicky technology. Many times the latest and the coolest gadget made famous by advertising, offers no real advantage. No dental equipment is cheap. Spending thousands of dollars trying to keep up with marketing gimmicks results in higher costs for you.

Only when new technologies are on the market and tested through research, do we incorporate them into the practice. Rotary instruments for root canals, digital radiographs, new implant designs, and stronger, better-looking tooth-colored fillings are all things we have added to our practice.

Our Location

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Solstice Dentistry is located just north of the Boniface Parkway and Northern Lights intersection. The Boniface Dental Center is a two-story dark gray building. Our practice is on the right-hand side of the downstairs lobby. Our office hours are Monday thru Friday from 9 am to 5 pm, except for holidays.

Solstice Dentistry: Dr. Belfiglio, Dr. Wrigley, and Dr. Yuknis 907-333-9591