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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TMJ disorders can cause jaw pain, explains San Francisco, CA dentist

TMJ Disorders with Dr. Arellano in San Francisco CA Area

While many patients think of their dentist when they need a cavity filled or their teeth cleaned, San Francisco, CA dentist Dr. Leo Arellano can also offer other important services and treatments for a range of conditions with the jaw and mouth. For patients who have jaw pain and locking caused by TMJ disorders, Dr. Arellano offers diagnostic services and treatment options to help provide relief.

What does TMJ stand for?

TMJ is an acronym for the temporomandibular joint. This joint hinges the upper and lower jaw open and closed and also moves the jaw side-to-side and front-to-back movements, enabling the jaw to have a wide range of motion necessary for eating and speaking. When this joint has become inflamed or painful, it is called TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder. The joint and the surrounding muscles can become painful and impact your daily life. Patients with TMJ disorders may experience:

  • Popping and clicking of the TMJ
  • Bruxism (clenching and grinding of the teeth during day or night)
  • Muscle pain surrounding the TMJ
  • Locking of the jaw joint in either the open or closed position

How do I get a diagnosis?

A proper diagnosis of this condition is required to learn more about the solutions available. With care and attention, most patients can improve the health of the joint and, in turn, enhance their quality of life. During an evaluation, Dr. Leo Arellano will ask a variety of questions to get an understanding of the symptoms you are experiencing in your daily life. An examination may include both a physical exam and an evaluation of the joint and jaw with dental x-rays or other types of imaging. Once the condition has been diagnosed, we will discuss your treatment options.

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Treatment for TMJ disorders

For some patients, simple lifestyle changes may be all that is necessary to alleviate pain in the TMJ, such as avoiding chewing hard objects. Jaw pain and other complications may be relieved with the use of an oral appliance, which patients can wear at night to cushion tension and protect the teeth from clenching and grinding. In severe cases, patients may require jaw surgery, though conservative options are considered first and foremost.

Are you interested in learning more about the treatment of TMJ disorders?

Contact Dr. Leo Arellano at his San Francisco, CA practice by calling 415-881-4343 and requesting an appointment. His practice is always accepting new patients seeking preventive, general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry care.