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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Sleep Apnea Treatment San Francisco

Sleep Apnea Treatment San Francisco

Approximately three million Americans are diagnosed with sleep apnea each year. This condition, which may have a number of causes and risk factors, causes a person to stop breathing, sometimes hundreds of times each night. Most cases diagnosed are obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which is the easiest to treat.

To treat sleep apnea, the condition must first be diagnosed. This is the primary challenge of the disorder, as the patient is usually completely unaware of his or her sleep disturbance. When apneic episodes occur, sleep is disrupted just enough to prompt a breathing response. Typically, this is not enough to rouse a patient from sleep. In many cases, a loved one who hears the loud snoring and gasps for breath who urges seeking medical attention. If a patient sleeps alone, however, there is no one to alert him or her to a potentially deadly problem. In any case, it helps to pay attention to any symptoms that may alert you to a problem with sleep disorders, including:

  • Extreme drowsiness during the day, regardless of how many hours of sleep you have gotten
  • Difficulty concentrating on tasks or remembering information
  • Feelings of moodiness, irritability or depression
  • Significant and consistent decrease in productivity
  • Hyperactivity in children

If any of these symptoms are present and consistent, medical evaluation is needed. Based on one’s medical history, and a sleep study test called a Polysomnogram (PSG), a diagnosis for sleep apnea can be determined and steps toward healthy sleep restored.

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

Today, there are multiple options for dealing with sleep apnea. In addition to lifestyle changes including diet and exercise, patients may find help in either surgical or non-surgical treatments. Non-surgical treatments include the CPAP machine, which delivers oxygen to the lungs through forced air, or a dental appliance worn during sleep. Dental Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) works by opening airway passages for more effective breathing. The CPAP machine, although highly effective, has low patient compliance due to its discomfort and inconvenience of use. When a dental appliance is used to treat sleep apnea, adjustments can be made to make it as comfortable as possible, and its portability to use when traveling is more convenient than a CPAP.

The first step in restoring healthy sleep is to receive the necessary evaluation to diagnose sleep apnea. To learn more about the process, contact us for your personalized assessment

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I’ve been going to Dr. Arellano for about 20 years and I continue because of the excellent care and treatment I get with him and his whole office team. He is both professional and personable.
Recently I had a newer technique of gum surgery/grafting at his office called, “Pinhole Surgical Technique of gum grafting.” I personally found this to be much easier to handle than the other style of gum grafting that I received years ago for the other side of my mouth. That worked, it was where part of my roof of my mouth was cut and surgically sewn onto the gum. However, I much prefer the pinhole technique. It was actually the easiest dental work I’ve had (beyond regular cleaning) It didn’t take too long and it didn’t feel uncomfortable getting it done.... More Reviews