Drs. Belfiglio, Wrigley & Yuknis

COVID-19 Update

June 17, 2020

Thank you for bearing with us during our slow re-opening!

We are finally stocked up on all our needed PPE and are beginning to see patients every day. Unfortunately, we’ve added a PPE surcharge of $10 to appointments. PPE costs have increased by several hundred percent, but luckily some insurances are covering this fee. Mandates now require about $20-$30 worth of protective gear per appointment instead of less than $5. We are searching out the best prices on supplies and working hard to reduce these costs and hope to drop or reduce that fee when the supply chain catches up to current needs. Our schedule is somewhat limited to reduce our patients’ exposure to others and give us plenty of time to disinfect the operatories thoroughly and let air purifiers run. We currently have a dentist and a dental hygienist in the office every day. We are still working through urgent need calls from patients.

We hope to resume more elective care appointments soon. Testing return times are still spotty, and we won’t be fully re-opening until testing return times are improved, or the health mandate is lifted.

Hygiene appointments are more prolonged, so we may re-schedule some patients if they had an existing appointment. Hygienists are not using their ultra-sonic scalers, so they will be reviewing patient charts before you are scheduled to ensure we can best meet your needs. For those that missed your cleaning appointment, we will do our best to get you in if we have a cancellation or room in the schedule. We create a list of everyone who missed their appointment. If you missed an annual exam and you are waiting for a cleaning, we will be happy to get you in sooner to do your exam.

We may have to cancel your appointment on short notice if one of our staff or providers is not feeling well or screens with a high temperature or if a patient who visits the office later tests positive. We understand you may have to cancel your appointment if you are not feeling well, and we will not be charging a late cancel fee if you are having symptoms and call us ahead of time. If you do not contact us or show or up for your appointment, you will be charged our no-show/broken appointment fee.

Risk tolerance is a very personal decision. Please let us know if you have any concerns regarding your health or care, and we will be happy to discuss them with you. For our patients at higher risk, let us know, and we will strive to arrange a morning appointment when fewer people have been in the office.

We thank you for your continued patience.

Ben Belfiglio, Debbie Wrigley & Leonard Yuknis

Read the entire COVID-19 update 06-17-2020 (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