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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Daly City, CA, patients ask, “Does sleep apnea cause low blood oxygen levels while sleeping?”

Does sleep apnea cause low blood oxygen levels while sleeping

Many people deal with snoring on a nightly basis – either their own snoring or that of a partner’s. Snoring is a common problem and is often dismissed as a mild annoyance, but it can also be a symptom of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea occurs when the airway become obstructed because the tongue has fallen backward and fully or partially blocks the airway. This problem also disrupts a person’s sleep because it can happen up to 60 times per night leading to low blood oxygen levels which leaves a person feeling exhausted, like they’ve not slept at all.

Many patients are uncertain about how to determine if their snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea. Some of the common identifying symptoms include gasping during sleep, constant exhaustion no matter how many hours he or she slept, feeling restless while sleeping, persistent headaches or sore throat, development of anxiety or depression, unclear thinking, inability to concentrate, or persistent irritability.

Patients who experience these symptoms are urged to call Dr. Leo Arellano, a trusted and respected Daly City dentist who treats sleep apnea, giving his patients a more restful sleep and a happier lifestyle.

We are here to help Call us at 415-881-4343 or Schedule an Appointment

Sleep apnea can be treated in several ways. Perhaps the most commonly prescribed option is the CPAP machine that delivers consistent air pressure through a nasal mask or nasal prongs. The downside to this treatment option is that patients often dislike using the mask or prongs. They may find the mask gives them feelings of claustrophobia or that the air pressure causes internal irritation.

Because patients often dislike using the CPAP, Dr. Arellano will collaborate with a patient’s primary care physician to treat sleep apnea using Oral Appliance Therapy. This appliance fits inside the patient’s mouth and moves the lower jaw forward, which keeps the airways open. The Oral Appliance Therapy has a success rate with 95% of patients reporting improvement of apnea symptoms.

To learn more about sleep apnea and possible treatments, call Dr. Arellano today.

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We’ve gone to Dr Arellano for many years and have never been disappointed with any of the work he’s done. Recently my husband broke a tooth and Leo got him in and had the tooth repaired within a few short hours. Service like that is very hard to finds these days. His office staff is fantastic. Nice people you are always glad to see. I would highly recommend Dr Arellano to anyone who is searching for an honest, competent, well trained dentist.

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