Our community has been through a lot due to the ongoing pandemic, 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.

Upon the emergence of COVID-19, here are some additional measures we take 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.

Dr. Leo Arellano

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Recognize the signs of sleep apnea and seek treatment in San Francisco

Recognize the signs of sleep apnea and seek treatment in San Francisco

Snoring, also called simple or primary snoring, is characterized by loud sounds caused by the vibration of soft tissues in the airway during sleep. However, when snoring is intermittently broken by pauses or more shallow breathing, it is a strong indication that the sleeper is suffering from obstructive sleep apnea.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common, but serious condition that is often dismissed as natural snoring. Dr. Leo Arellano and his dental team provide comfortable diagnosis and treatment for this condition in his office in San Francisco.

It is important to recognize the signs of sleep apnea and seek treatment, as this condition has been associated with numerous serious health concerns. Common signs of obstructive sleep apnea include:

  • Loud, chronic snoring interrupted by pauses in breathing lasting 10 seconds or longer, usually followed by choking or gasping
  • Daytime fatigue or drowsiness sometimes marked by micro-naps at the computer screen, TV, or even at a stop light
  • Insomnia or restlessness while sleeping
  • Suddenly waking with a sense of breathlessness
  • Morning dry mouth or sore throat
  • Frequent headaches
  • Irritability
  • Lack of libido or sexual dysfunction
  • Personality changes, irritability, depression
  • Difficulty concentrating or learning
  • Night sweats
  • Frequently getting up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom

It is important to note that not everyone who suffers from OSA snores, but those who frequently exhibit one or more of the above symptoms should seek professional diagnosis and treatment.

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Some of the common factors that put patients at a higher risk for obstructive sleep apnea include:

  • Overweight – fat deposits around the airway can obstruct breathing
  • Large neck circumference – Those who have thicker necks may have a smaller airway
  • A narrow airway – Enlarged adenoids or tonsils, or a narrow throat can restrict breathing
  • Gender – Males have double the risk of OSA
  • Age – OSA occurrence is significantly higher in those over 60
  • Heredity – OSA tends to run in families
  • Use of sedatives – tranquilizers and alcohol relax throat muscles
  • Smoking – Smokers have triple the risk of developing OSA

In his San Francisco office, Dr. Leo Arellano offers lifestyle guidance and comfortable oral appliance therapy to help treat obstructive sleep apnea. Call 415-881-4343 today to schedule an appointment.

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