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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Dr. Leo Arellano offers comprehensive dentistry services in San Francisco

offers comprehensive dentistry services

Proper oral hygiene and consistent dental checkups are a great way to lessen the risk of many dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. However, even with the best at-home and in-office oral care, issues can come up. Dr. Leo Arellano helps patients in San Francisco, CA, address needs such as:

  • Sensitive Teeth: Feeling pain when drinking or eating something hot or cold can make patients uncomfortable and can take the joy out of it. Unfortunately, tooth sensitivity affects many people. Dr. Arellano can examine their mouths to determine the cause of the sensitivity and recommend treatment or a fluoride regimen to stop the sensitivity.

  • Toothaches: Pain in the tooth can range from annoying to intense. However, any pain should be addressed, as it is often a sign of an ongoing problem. While over the counter pain relievers can give patients temporary relief, it’s best to have Dr. Arellano examine the tooth and fix the problem.

  • Gum disease: Gum disease occurs when bacteria grow beneath the gum line and cause infection. As the infection grows symptoms of gum disease can range from swollen and bleeding gums to a receding gum line or loose teeth. Addressing gum disease early is key to reversing it. If you see a little “pink in the sink” when you brush your teeth, call the office of Dr. Arellano to schedule an appointment.

  • Tooth decay: Bacteria on the teeth can lead to a breakdown of the tooth enamel, known as a cavity. Many people understand that cavities are caused by eating sugary foods or not brushing away food particles. Unfortunately, there are areas of the teeth that are impossible to reach with at-home brushing. This is often where cavities begin. Treating a cavity quickly is important to minimizing damage.

  • Broken or Missing Teeth: Teeth can be lost or broken for many reasons, including decay or trauma. However, when it happens, it can have a serious impact on a person’s health, confidence and self-esteem. Dr. Arellano can fix a broken or missing tooth with a variety of treatments including crowns, bridges, implants, or dentures.
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Dr. Leo Arellano has been helping patients in San Francisco achieve their best dental health for many years. With his expertise and gentle care, patients can feel confident in their individual treatment plan. For more information, call Dr. Arellano’s office today.