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.

Sincerely,
Dr. Leo Arellano

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Everything You Need to Know About TMJ Disorder and Its Causes

TMJ Disorder Causes in San Francisco Area

You may not know it, but your jawbones do a lot of work. You rarely think about your jawbones while eating, talking, laughing, or taking that yawn. Unfortunately, when you have to perform these basic chores, and they cause you pain, you have to give your jawbone some attention. However, rest assured, Leo Arellano, DDS PC clinic in San Francisco, has a solution for you. 

Are you experiencing excruciating jaw pain? TMJ disorder could be the culprit. TMJ pain stems from the temporomandibular joint, which is the hinge-like jaw joint that connects the lower jaw and the skull’s temporal bone. The TMJ is a complex joint that contains tendons, ligaments, bones, nerves, and other connecting tissues. When one of these components isn’t functioning correctly, you experience TMJ disorder. 

Symptoms of TMJ disorder

When you are having issues with your TMJ, you will experience the below symptoms.

  • Earaches (ringing in the ears)
  • Jaw pain
  • Headaches and dizziness
  • Clicking sound when moving your jaw
  • Neck or shoulder pain
  • Swelling on your face

If you experience one or a combination of the above symptoms, please visit Leo Arellano, DDS PC, for a proper TMJ disorder diagnosis.

Causes of TMJ disorder

If you are experiencing TMJ pain, you are not alone. You are one among the 35 million patients in America. Of course, the numbers are high given the many undiagnosed TMJ cases. But what’s the cause of TMJ disorder? Most causes of TMJ are unknown, but the following are common culprits.

  • Arthritis may damage cartilage joints
  • Injury to the jawbone
  • Bruxism or clenching of the teeth due to emotional stress
  • An imbalanced bite (malocclusion)
  • An excessive function that stresses the TMJ
  • Disc erosion in the jaw
We are here to help Call us at 415-881-4343 or Schedule an Appointment

TMJ disorder treatment

While TMJ may resolve on its own, sometimes, it can be chronic, requiring a dentist’s attention. At our clinic, Dr. Leo Arellano uses oral appliance therapy — a treatment that’s crucial in aligning your jaw. This mouthpiece is worn during sleep and helps in relaxing your muscles, especially if you suffer from bruxism.

Besides oral appliance therapy, you may consider physical therapy, chiropractic care, and trigger point therapy. If these treatments aren’t successful, surgery may be the last option.

Effective TMJ disorder treatment in San Francisco 

Is TMJ disorder slowing you in life? Don’t stress out. Instead, dial 415-881-4343 to book an appointment with Leo Arellano DDS PC. Dr. Leo Arellano will administer non-surgical TMJ disorder relief, restoring your health to its best.

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