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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Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) in San Francisco

periodontal disease laser treatment from San Francisco dentist

The LANAP protocol is a technologically advanced approach to periodontal treatment; it is a minimally invasive, patient-friendly, alternative to scalpel and suture periodontal surgery. Dr. Leo Arellano and his team can treat any stage of periodontal disease in a way that is less traumatic and less painful than with standard gum surgery.

Periodontal (gum) disease

Gum disease begins with plaque, a sticky biofilm that clings to the teeth and, when not removed regularly, becomes hard, forming calculus (tartar). These deposits harbor harmful bacteria that infect the gum tissue. Gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease is characterized by swollen, red gums that bleed easily.

If left untreated, gingivitis will advance to periodontitis, an even more serious stage of gum disease. This form of the disease causes the gums to separate from the teeth and the bone structure to deteriorate. The bacteria concentrate in these pockets, accelerating the damage to the gums and bone, eventually resulting in tooth loss.

Treatment

Although LANAP treatments minimize pain, local anesthetic is provided to ensure patient comfort throughout the treatment. A small laser fiber is placed between the gums and tooth as it clears away the infection, reduces the affected tissue, and allows healthy gum tissue to reattach to the tooth. The treatment can usually be completed in two 2-hour appointments. Post treatment discomfort is significantly less than with traditional gum surgery treatment. Complete aftercare instructions will be provided at the time of treatment.

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There are numerous benefits to LANAP:

  • Faster healing – The treatment is minimally invasive, reducing recovery time, so many patients can return to their normal routine immediately following treatment. Healing time is significantly less than that of surgical treatment.
  • Comfort – The laser seals the nerve endings, lymphatics, and blood vessels, providing an immediate sense of recovery. No incisions, no sutures, less swelling, and minimal bleeding during and after treatment minimize discomfort.
  • Results – The LANAP protocol provides lasting results, 98 percent of patients who were treated with this procedure remained stable, even five years later.
  • Appropriate for most patients – Even those who have health conditions such as HIV, diabetes, or hemophilia can benefit from this treatment.
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For patient-friendly treatment for periodontal disease, or any other dental issue, call 415-881-4343, or drop by our office at 3030 Geary Blvd. in San Francisco, CA and schedule an appointment with Dr. Leo Arellano and his terrific team.

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Even after moving to Oakland (and when I lived in Mountain View) I always return to SF to see Dr. Arellano. EVERYONE in the office is top notch!

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