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

Read More
x

San Francisco, CA area patients can use oral appliances for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea

Dr. Leo Arellano of the San Francisco, CA community encourages patients to consider the use of oral appliance therapy as an alternative to the traditional CPAP machine.

With a diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea, many patients in the area of San Francisco, CA are advised to consider the benefits of a CPAP machine. This device, while effective, is cumbersome and uncomfortable for many, causing patients to give up on using it and dealing with the consequences of obstructive sleep apnea. Instead, treatment may be easier with the help of a dentist. Dr. Leo Arellano of the San Francisco, CA community encourages patients to consider the use of oral appliance therapy as an alternative to the traditional CPAP machine.

What is oral appliance therapy?

Oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea is a type of treatment that involves the use of a specialized mouth guard. The goal of oral appliance therapy is to keep the jaw and tongue positioned forward, the tongue down, and the airways open so that patients can breathe properly throughout the night.

Why does obstructive sleep apnea require treatment?

Obstructive sleep apnea, also referred to as OSA, is a sleeping disorder that can cause chronic problems. Some of the symptoms of the condition include:

  • Wakening hundreds of times a night due to the inability to breath
  • Trouble with concentration and memory
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Chronic snoring
  • Gasping and waking for air at night
We are here to help Call us at 415-881-4343 or Schedule an Appointment

When a sleeping partner notices these issues, it is important for them to encourage the individual to seek help with a sleep study via their primary care physician or dentist to get a proper diagnosis of their sleeping disorder. Once this has occurred, a physician can prescribe oral appliance therapy for patients diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea.  Only dentists may provide this type of alternative treatment to CPAP.

Using oral appliance therapy

Image of a Oral Appliance

Instead of dealing with an awkward device such as the traditional CPAP machine, our professionals may encourage the use of oral appliance therapy instead. By wearing an oral appliance at night, patients can maintain open airways to improve their abilities to breathe throughout the night. This, in turn, allows patients to achieve the deep and restorative sleep they need to feel their best each day. Without this deep sleep, patients are never getting the rest they require, and even though they are “sleeping” for seven or eight hours a night, they are sometimes getting much less due to never reaching REM stages of sleep. This is the deeper stage of sleep needed for the body to recover from the day and be restful for the following day as well.

Have a discussion with your dentist about treatment for obstructive sleep apnea

Patients who have obstructive sleep apnea need to work with a professional who has experience in providing care and attention for this and other conditions. Call the office of Dr. Leo Arellano to learn about the advantages of using oral appliance therapy for obstructive sleep apnea. The office is conveniently located at 3030 Geary Boulevard and can be reached at 415-881-4343.