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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Daly City, CA finds relief for TMJ disorder

TMJ Daly City CA - Dr. Arellano is happy to help patients in Daly City CA find solutions for TMJ disorder

The TMJ (temporomandibular joints) are part of the structure that connects the mandible (bottom jaw) to the skull. The joints work with a complex system of bones, discs, ligaments, and muscles to allow the mandible to move forward and back, side to side, and up and down, making it possible to chew, swallow, and speak, among other oral actions. They are the most delicate and sophisticated joints in the entire body. When the coordinating structures are not properly aligned, painful temporomandibular disorder (TMD) can occur causing numerous problems to arise.

Signs and symptoms of TMJ disorder

Over 15 percent of Americans suffer with the pain of TMD. It most commonly occurs in in individuals between 20 and 40 years old, more women than men develop this condition. Unfortunately, there are no definitive tests for TMD. They fall in the category of diagnosis by deduction, in other words, doctors use deductive reasoning to reach the correct conclusion. With a review of medical and dental history, an examination, and an assessment of the symptoms that are occurring,

Dr. Arellano can make an accurate diagnosis. He may request x-rays, or make a mold of the teeth to examine the bite.

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

There are a number of symptoms of this complex condition:

  • Grating, popping, or clicking in the jaw joints; sometimes painful, when chewing, or when opening or closing the mouth
  • Pain, tenderness, or ache radiating through the jaw, face, neck, or shoulders
  • Difficulty opening the mouth wide, or the jaws becoming locked or stuck in the open or closed position
  • Discomfort when chewing
  • A feeling as if the upper and lower teeth are not fitting together correctly
  • A feeling of tiredness in the face
  • Jaw muscle swelling or stiffness
  • Earache, or pain around the ear
  • Other symptoms include tinnitus (ringing in the ears), hearing problems, dizziness, neck aches, toothaches, and headaches

Treatment for TMD can range from simple lifestyle changes to corrective surgery, although surgical correction is rarely necessary for this condition, so it is extremely uncommon. Dr. Arellano and his team work closely with patients to develop an effective treatment plan. A comfortable oral appliance worn at night and some simple lifestyle changes may be all that is necessary to restore comfort. Call 415-881-4343 today to schedule a consultation with the doctor and team who can relieve the pain for people in Daly City CA and the surrounding areas.

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Before and After Photos

Porcelain veneer to replace old composite bonding on a single central tooth.

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Dr. Arellano has been my dentist since 1989 and I believe he is the best of the best! I have experienced many uncomfortable dental procedures in the past, many due to painful injections. Dr. Arellano has excellent technique in anesthetizing that results in painless injections. He truly cares about his patients and his work. His staff, especially Mei, is extraordinary and will go above and beyond to work in appointments, assist in resolving payment/insurance issues, referrals, etc. Dr. Arellano and his team have always provided excellent care and service over the years. I highly recommend him for your dental care.

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