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 dentist warns that snoring may be a sign of a serious condition

San Francisco dentist warns that snoring may be a sign of a serious condition

Nearly everyone knows someone who snores, whether it is a bed partner, a relative, or a roommate. Many find snoring amusing, teasing the noisy sleeper or laughing about it. However, snoring can be a symptom of a serious condition called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This condition is not a laughing matter; it can have devastating effects on the sufferer’s life and health.

Snoring is the harsh sound produced when breathing is obstructed during sleep. When the muscles are relaxed and air flows past the soft palate and uvula, it can cause vibration, resulting in the noise. All snorers have an incomplete blockage of the upper airway. However, when the airway becomes totally obstructed and the sleeper stops breathing for 10 seconds or more, followed by choking, gasps, or snorts it may be indicative of obstructive sleep apnea. Additionally, if the sleeper habitually snores so loudly it disturbs others OSA is likely to be present.

Simple snoring, also called primary or ordinary snoring, is noisy breathing sounds during sleep without pauses in breathing. It differs from OSA in several ways; there isn’t excessive daytime sleepiness and fatigue or abrupt waking during the night, and breathing patterns are normal during sleep. More than half of all adults snore occasionally, and primary snoring is relatively harmless except for annoying a bed partner. Unfortunately, many people mistakenly believe their snoring is benign, when actually it is obstructive sleep apnea.

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

It is important that a sleep expert be consulted to determine whether the chronic snoring is primary or a symptom of a serious sleep disorder. A sleep test (polysomnography) can help diagnose OSA, this may be performed in a sleep clinic, or at home with a monitoring device. Untreated sleep apnea can increase the risk of stroke, heart attack, arrhythmia, impotence, and hypertension, just to name a few.

Treatment for OSA ranges from simple lifestyle changes to surgery. The most common treatment is a continuous positive airway pressure machine (CPAP). Although extremely effective, patient compliance is low due to inconvenience and discomfort. Many sufferers find comfortable, convenient relief is as near as their dentist’s office. Form fitting oral appliances have demonstrated a 75 percent success rate in treating OSA, and an 80 to 90 percent rate of success in treating simple snoring.

Dr. Leo Arellano and his skilled team have extensive experience in successfully treating the people of San Francisco with this innovative option. Call 415-881-4343 today to schedule an appointment.