WE HAVE RE-OPENED

Our community has been through a lot over the last couple 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 health and safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority of our dental practice, and you may have seen that we take great pride in this. 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 the patients, staff, and the ones we come in contact with in our daily lives 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.

Here are some new changes we have made to ensure your safety:
  • 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, and we will be taking your temperature. Based on your answers and if your temperature is 100.4°F or higher, we will need to reschedule your appointment.
  • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in 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. Similarly, please limit the personal belongings that you bring inside to your appointment.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients when possible. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment. Please respect the social distancing requirement of 6 feet where practical.
  • 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. To that end, please consider calling from your car to check on the status of the reception area and be on time. Also, please come alone to your appointments. If needed, one guardian/caretaker is permitted, but they must remain in the reception area.
  • Please arrive with face masks/coverings for they will be required at all times for both patients and staff when appropriate.
  • An antiseptic mouth rinse will be used just prior to treatment for the health and safety of all. Where possible, expect changes in how we do certain procedures to eliminate or reduce the spread of aerosols and splatter during treatment. For example, for now we will be temporarily eliminating ultrasonic tools and teeth polishing during your teeth cleaning appointments until further notice.
  • Clear sneeze guard barriers between you and our front desk personnel will be used to aid in social distancing, and we ask that we all limit our conversations to what’s necessary to limit contact time. More regular and frequent sanitizing of high touch areas and items will be done for your health and safety. This includes door and other handles, light switches, countertops, etc.
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 415-752-8311 .

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors, and friends.

Sincerely,
Dr. Leo Arellano

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About Us

Dr. Leo Arellano

Dr. Leo Arellano

Serving general and cosmetic dentistry patients in San Francisco for more than 34 years, Dr. Arellano is an experienced dentist dedicated to providing superior care. His results have earned him the highest ratings in quality and customer satisfaction.

The priorities in our San Francisco dental practice include patient comfort, technology, and safety. Our office protocol includes stringent standards for infection control and utilizes advanced diagnostic equipment that allows us to detect dental problems early. One such area of outstanding technology is the use of digital x-rays versus conventional x-ray imaging. With state-of-the-art imaging equipment, we gain accurate information that helps us identify areas of concern. The use of advanced dental technologies benefits our patients, who are deserving of healthy, beautiful smiles. 

About Dr. Arellano

Education

  • Bachelor’s of Science in Dental Hygiene, 1979, after completing education at UCLA and UCSF
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree, 1984, UCSF School of Dentistry
  • Periodontal Surgery courses completed at the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry’s Periodontic Study Club

Other courses of study include:

  • “Concept of Complete Dentistry” by Dr. Peter Dawson
  • Courses by Dr. Frank Spear at the Seattle Institute of Advanced Dental Education

Dr. Arellano is a member of:

  • The American Dental Association
  • The California State Dental Association
  • The San Francisco County Dental Association
  • The San Francisco Study Club, a local affiliate of the internationally known Seattle Study Club
  • Served as board member to the Fisherman’s Wharf Rotary Club from 1999 to 2007

Dr. Arellano:

  • Is licensed to use the LANAP protocol for laser periodontal therapy.
  • Has received certification from the Institute of Advanced Laser Dentistry to perform treatments utilizing Nd:YAG laser.
  • Co-founded the first mobile dental CT / x-ray imaging company on the West Coast. Mobile CT Imaging has since moved East.

Recognitions include:

  • ValueStar Rated.
  • Diamond Certified Rated from 2005 to 2007.
  • Named among “Bay Area Top Doctors and Dentists” in 2010 by Doctors Improving Healthcare in a collaboration with NBC Bay Area.
  • Received Tom Terry’s Dental Compliance and Safety’s “Exceptional Dental Office” rating for exceeding government standards in the area of patient safety.
  • Gold certification status from the Green Business Bureau.

Advanced technologies for outstanding care

Our office is equipped with proven technologies for improved comfort and diagnostic evaluation. We capture data using digital radiography, which emits far less radiation than traditional x-ray imaging. Digital imaging is not only safer but also more detailed, providing your dentist with a view of your entire oral structure, including the jawbone, nerve bundles, and the sinus cavity. With digital imaging, we can also evaluate the joints of the jaw, called the TMJs, as well as structures within the head and neck.

Laser has improved how we treat gum disease. Using the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, known as LANAP®, your dentist can safely and effectively target diseased tissue, leaving healthy tissue intact. LANAP® was the first laser procedure to gain FDA approval for the treatment of periodontitis.