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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The costs vs. the rewards of tooth bleaching in San Francisco

Dr. Leo Arellano at Leo Arellano DDS PC Explains The costs vs. the rewards of tooth bleaching in San Francisco

Dr. Leo Arellano and his gifted team make smiles sparkle in San Francisco and across the Bay Area with a wide range of professional cosmetic dentistry services. Whether a single dark tooth needs a veneer or all of the teeth need bleaching, they offer effective solutions. The costs of teeth whitening treatments vary, depending on the plan, techniques, and location, but the rewards are universal.

  • Improved appearance – A dingy smile can make someone’s overall appearance seem dingy, no matter how much care is taken with wardrobe choices, accessories, hair styles, or grooming
  • A more youthful look – Discolored teeth are frequently associated with aging, making people seem older than their actual age. Additionally, bright white teeth tend to minimize the appearance of wrinkles because the focus is on the sparkling smile.
  • Restored self-esteem – People who love their smiles tend to value themselves more and exhibit confidence and self-assurance.
  • Better oral health – Patients who whiten their teeth tend to be more proactive about their oral health, scheduling and keeping their bi-annual dental visits to protect their beautiful smile. Teeth whitening might even help smokers who are quitting. When they have those brown and yellow tobacco stains removed from their teeth, they may hesitate to smoke and put those ugly deposits back on their teeth.
  • Fast and effective – All it takes is one office visit, or a week or two in the comfort and privacy of home, to make a dramatic difference in the beauty of a smile.
  • Simple and economical – Teeth whitening is the easiest and least expensive cosmetic smile enhancement available.
  • Safe – The treatment is non-invasive, so the side effects are minimal. The bleaching agents have little to no effect on hardness of tooth enamel, and no effect on the overall health of the tooth. However, when used incorrectly, there is the potential for adverse effects, which is why the supervision of a dental professional is crucial to patients’ safety and wellbeing.
We are here to help Call us at 415-881-4343 or Schedule an Appointment

Dr. Arellano offers both in-office whitening and take-home trays with gel to meet the needs and preferences of his patients. Call 415-881-4343, or stop by our office at 3030 Geary Blvd. San Francisco, CA 94118 to schedule an appointment, or for details on our 15-minute complimentary consultation.