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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What is Sleep Apnea?

Dr. Arellano and his team have that experience and the expertise to help diagnose and treat sleep apnea through oral appliances that can also prevent snoring.

If you’ve ever had trouble sleeping, you know how frustrating it can be to be tired the next morning because you didn’t get the rest you needed. With advances in technology, doctors are now able to diagnose the causes of a person’s inability to sleep and provide the necessary treatment. Among the many types of sleeping disorders that people experience, sleep apnea is one of the more common ones.

What exactly is sleep apnea and how do you know if you suffer from it? In many cases, you may not even realize that you have sleep apnea. The person to help you figure out this problem is none other than your dentist. As a general description, sleep apnea is a disorder where your breathing pauses temporarily, or when your breathing becomes shallow while you sleep. The pauses in breathing can last from a few seconds to a few minutes, and can occur as much as 30 times in an hour.

Most people would not know that they suffer from sleep apnea. Sometimes a family member or spouse may be the one to notice this pattern of breathing.  Many times snoring can also be a sign of sleep apnea. The only thing that you may notice is excessive daytime sleepiness. This is because when the pauses in breathing take place, you move from deep sleep to light sleep, thus disturbing the rest that your body needs from deep sleep.

Untreated sleep apnea can lead to a number of health risks including high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, obesity, and diabetes. It can also lead to work place related and driving related accidents from being unable to stay alert and awake.

We are here to help Call us at 415-881-4343 or Schedule an Appointment

How is Sleep Apnea Treated?

If you were diagnosed with sleep apnea, your first question would be, “How can it be treated?” Lifestyle changes, oral appliances, surgery, and/or breathing devices can successfully treat sleep apnea in many people.

Most cases of sleep apnea go undiagnosed because it cannot be caught during a regular doctor’s visit. More in-depth studies need to be done to properly diagnose a case of sleep apnea. An experienced and professional dentist has the knowledge to do so. Dr. Arellano and his team have that experience and the expertise to help diagnose and treat sleep apnea through oral appliances that can also prevent snoring. They know what to look for and how to care for their patients efficiently and effectively. Talk to Dr. Arellano today to discuss your concerns and get on the path to greater overall health.