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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San Francisco residents have new orthodontic options

residents have new orthodontic options

Many residents in San Francisco, CA, find themselves wishing their smile was a little straighter or that the spacing between their teeth could be adjusted. However, the thought of wearing unattractive, sharp, metal braces for several years causes many patients to live with a smile they wish they could change.

If you find yourself wishing you could improve the appearance of your smile but are looking for an alternative to traditional braces, we have good news for you. Dr. Leo Arellano offers Invisalign to patients who want to improve their smile by addressing misalignment, gaps, or teeth that are out of place.

Invisalign is a fast and effective way to improve your smile. The biggest advantage, according to many patients, is the clear alignment trays that gently shift teeth into their proper place. This gives patients the confidence to smile brightly and speak clearly in social and professional situations during treatment. Additionally, the trays can be removed. While dentists recommend only removing the trays for eating and brushing, a patient could remove them for a critical meeting or presentation. Furthermore, because the trays can be removed, patients don’t have to give up their favorite foods and can brush their teeth more effectively. Finally, patients who undergo Invisalign treatment spend less time in dental appointments because there are no wires to tighten, the visit is simply a progress check.

It’s important to note that Invisalign is not the right solution for every patient. The treatment is designed to help patients who have minor to moderate alignment issues. Those patients who have severe alignment issues may be better served with traditional treatments.

Making the choice to improve your smile can be a big decision. We understand that you have options when it comes to your oral health care and cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Leo Arellano proves patients with the comfort and security of having all of your dental procedures performed under one roof. Dr. Arellano believes that your smile is your greatest asset and is as individual as you are. He will work with you to determine the best treatment plan to give you the results you want. Call today to schedule a consultation.