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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Try oral appliance therapy for comfortable sleep apnea treatment in San Francisco

Try oral appliance therapy for comfortable sleep apnea treatment in San Francisco

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common but serious sleep disorder that affects millions of Americans. Normally, the muscles in the throat keep the airways open when a person is sleeping, however, when OSA exists, the airway can narrow dangerously, depriving the body of essential levels of oxygen. This can occur for a number of reasons including overly relaxed throat muscles, large tonsils or tongue, and extra tissue thickening the wall of the windpipe, among many other causes. Generally, obstructive sleep apnea occurs as follows:

  • Air passes through the upper airway (mouth, nose, and throat) on the way to the lungs
  • The soft tissue at the back part of the throat has a tendency to collapse as the sleeping person breathes
  • Under normal conditions, the widening (dilator) muscles work to prevent the collapse, which keeps the airway open. Abnormalities or interference with this flow causes air turbulence
  • If the soft tissues collapse far enough to block the airway momentarily, an apneic event occurs. Even though breathing is stopped temporarily, the sleeper is unaware of it in most cases
  • Apnea reduces the blood oxygen level, which eventually causes the brain to trigger the lungs into sucking in air
  • When this occurs, the sleeper usually makes a snorting or gasping sound, but rarely wakes up fully
We are here to help Call us at 415-881-4343 or Schedule an Appointment

Doctor Leo Arellano offers comfortable oral appliance therapy for effective treatment of mild to moderate cases of obstructive sleep apnea. Although CPAP treatment is effective, and the most commonly prescribed treatment, it isn’t very popular with patients due to side effects such as sore throat, dry eyes, skin irritation, noise, and a variety of other complaints. Many prefer to wear a comfortable oral appliance, which fits like an orthodontic retainer or athletic mouth guard.

The specially designed, small plastic appliance maintains an unobstructed, open airway when worn at night. Dr. Arellano has the training and experience to determine the proper style of appliance for each individual patient. The appliances have a number of advantages:

  • The treatment is non-invasive and reversible
  • The small, convenient appliances are easy to travel with
  • They are easy to wear and comfortable

In addition to comfortable, effective treatment for OSA, as well as TMJ dysfunction with innovative oral appliance therapies, Dr. Arellano, and his highly skilled team provide a wide range of preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dental services to the people of San Francisco and the surrounding areas.

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I’ve been going to Dr. Arellano for about 20 years and I continue because of the excellent care and treatment I get with him and his whole office team. He is both professional and personable.
Recently I had a newer technique of gum surgery/grafting at his office called, “Pinhole Surgical Technique of gum grafting.” I personally found this to be much easier to handle than the other style of gum grafting that I received years ago for the other side of my mouth. That worked, it was where part of my roof of my mouth was cut and surgically sewn onto the gum. However, I much prefer the pinhole technique. It was actually the easiest dental work I’ve had (beyond regular cleaning) It didn’t take too long and it didn’t feel uncomfortable getting it done.... More Reviews