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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Dentist near Daly City offers treatments for obstructive sleep disorders

Dentist near Daly City offers treatments for obstructive sleep disorders

People in Daly City and across the Bay Area who are suffering from snoring or obstructive sleep apnea can turn to Dr. Leo Arellano and his skilled team for help. Obstructive sleep disorders are caused by obstruction of the airway, which can be caused by a number of conditions:

  • Posturing of the jaw
  • Increased body fat
  • Enlarged tonsils
  • Enlarged tongue
  • Elongated soft palate
  • Lax musculature
  • Decreased tissue tone

The doctor and his team focus on helping patients manage snoring and obstructive sleep apnea conditions by recommending lifestyle changes and providing oral appliance therapy.

Snoring

Snoring affects nearly everyone at some point. The noise occurs when the airway is partially blocked and the tissues vibrate as the sleeper breathes in. It is usually just a slight annoyance; however, loud, chronic snoring can disrupt the sleeper as well as others in the household.

Studies have found nearly 40 percent of men and 24 percent of women habitually snore. It can cause the sleeper to wake up with a sore throat, a dry mouth, and sometimes, insufficient rest. Snoring can also be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, a serious, potentially life-threatening condition.

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

Obstructive sleep apnea

This disorder causes the sleeper to stop breathing repeatedly. During sleep, the throat muscles relax, and the tongue can block the airway entirely as it falls back in the throat. This deprives all of the organs of necessary oxygen. As the brain senses the drop in the blood oxygen level, it signals for a release of adrenaline to prompt the body to resume breathing.

The repeated rushes of adrenaline, pauses in breathing, and drop in oxygen levels can occur hundreds of times per night and disrupt the vital organs. High blood pressure, an increased risk of strokes, heart attacks and other vascular disorders are associated with this condition.

A solution

Although a CPAP machine is an effective solution, patient compliance is low due to discomfort and inconvenience. Many habitual snorers and patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea can find relief using an oral appliance that resembles an orthodontic retainer. The simple device keeps the airway open by either supporting the jaw in a forward position or holding the tongue in place.

The doctor may also recommend lifestyle changes such as avoiding alcohol, tobacco, and sedatives, in addition to regular exercise, and weight loss.

Call 415-881-4343 to schedule an appointment today.

Real Patients Real Results

Before and After Photos

Fractured, cracked, and misaligned tooth repaired with a porcelain veneer

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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