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 sleep apnea symptoms and seek relief in San Francisco

Recognize sleep apnea symptoms and seek relief in San Francisco

In obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) sufferers, the muscles relax as they sleep, which allows the soft tissues in the throat to obstruct the airway, shutting off the body’s air supply. This causes the blood oxygen levels to drop and the blood pressure to spike. The brain jolts the body to wake, which causes the release of adrenaline and the heart rate to increase. Simultaneously, the brain triggers increased blood flow to the muscles, decreasing the blood flowing to the vital organs.

A dangerous cycle of events

As soon as breathing is restored, the body falls back to sleep, and the cycle begins again. This can happen 20 or more times per hour, all night long. This series of events puts tremendous stress on the heart and other organs. Yet, the sleeper is usually unaware of the events that took place, with no memory of it in the morning. It is important for people to recognize the symptoms of OSA and seek diagnosis and treatment if they are regularly experiencing any of the following:

  • Chronic loud snoring with pauses in breathing
  • Gasping or choking while sleeping
  • Daytime fatigue or sleepiness
  • Morning dry mouth, thirst, or sore throat
  • Frequent morning headaches
  • Focus, memory, and learning problems
  • Personality changes such as depression, irritability, and lack of libido
  • Insomnia or recurrent awakenings
We are here to help Call us at 415-881-4343 or Schedule an Appointment

Who is at risk for obstructive sleep apnea?

Anyone can develop OSA regardless of age, gender, or body type, but certain traits increase the risk for this condition.

  • Weight – The risk for OSA increases proportionately with excess body weight
  • Neck size – A large neck (over 16 inches for women and over 17 inches for men) has more tissue to block the airway
  • Age – Men over 40, and women over 50, are at an increased risk for developing the condition.
  • Male – Men have double the risk of having sleep apnea
  • Smoking – Tobacco use increases the risk for OSA
  • Family history – Whether due to common lifestyles or heredity, OSA can develop more frequently among families

Seek Treatment

In San Francisco, Dr. Leo Arellano and his team offer comfortable, effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. Often, lifestyle changes and a comfortable oral appliance can bring relief for this serious condition. Call 415-881-4343 to schedule an appointment.

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