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 helps patients find relief from TMJ disorders

Dr. Leo Arellano in San Francisco helps patients find relief from TMJ disorders

TMJ is an often-heard phrase that relates to dysfunction of the jaw. Often, it’s discussed when patients have unexplained jaw pain. Dr. Leo Arellano understands that many of his San Francisco patients suffer from the disorder without understanding the cause or treatments that can provide relief.

What is TMJ disorder?

The TMJ (temporomandibular joint) connects the lower jaw to the skull. Below your ear, you will notice a small indentation. As you open and close your mouth, you will feel the rounded edges of the joint. A smooth transition between opening and closing, along with lack of pain indicates that the joint is healthy and properly aligned. However, if you have pain, hear a clicking noise, or have a jaw that locks into an open or closed position, you could have TMJ disorder.

What causes TMJ disorder?

While the cause of TMJ is not fully known, some habits, such as grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw can make TMJ worse. This can cause the joint to work overtime which can lead to a disc within the joint shifting or wearing down.

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Treatment for TMJ

Many patients think they can stop themselves from clenching or grinding their teeth. However, these actions are often performed subconsciously or while sleeping. While some patients have found that their TMJ gets better after finding other ways to relieve stress, many patients need professional help. Dr. Arellano can provide a small mouth guard to be worn while sleeping, which stops patients from grinding their teeth, protecting the teeth and the joint.

If you have pain or hear clicking when you open your mouth, if it hurts to chew, or if you have frequent headaches, you may have TMJ disorder. Call Dr. Arellano at 415-881-4343 to schedule an appointment for an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment.

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Upper front tooth replaced with an all porcelain Maryland Bonded Bridge.

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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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