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Greetings to all of our patients!  

I want to take this time to reach out to you all and reconnect so as to let you all know what we've been up to during the Novel Corona Virus Pandemic.  I want to state that our #1 priority is, and has always been the health & safety of our patients, and, of course, to provide to you the highest quality dental care we can!  

I am sure most of you have questions and concerns regarding the safety of dentistry during this time, so we'd like to share the measures and actions we are taking to ensure your safety here at our office.

First of all, the culture here will be a little bit different in the “post novel corona virus world”.  At least until researchers come up with therapies and /or a vaccine!  We will be implementing some new systems in our practice to mitigate the risk of disease transmission here.  

What to expect when you come to the office?  Prior to your appointment, when Diana calls you to confirm your appointment date and time, she will ask a few quick questions regarding your medical status, and any symptoms suggestive of an illness...We ask that if you are ill with a fever, coughing, etc. to please reschedule for when you are well.  

We ask that you please call when you arrive to the office. Diana, Chelsea or Susie will meet you at your car to take a quick, touch-less temperature scan of the forehead, also you will have a small device clipped to your finger called an oximeter. This gadget shines light through your fingertip or earlobe. It works out how much oxygen is in your blood. We will then escort you directly to your treatment room.  

We will be spacing out our patient appointments so that there is only one patient on the dentistry side with Susie and I, and only one patient in the hygiene side with Chelsea.  For the most part, no one is allowed to wait in the lobby until further notice...We will of course, accommodate people escorting children or elderly patients.

All surfaces will be disinfected with Hospital Grade Disinfectants (as we've always done in the past) between patients.  All door knobs, light switches, etc. will be disinfected every 30 minutes throughout the day!  This will mitigate the risk of any infectious disease transmission via surfaces.

Ever since the HIV epidemic in the 1980's, dentistry as an industry has employed “Universal Precautions” (masks, gloves, “single use” disposable equipment, etc.) to mitigate disease transmission.  

The most concerning of transmission routes for infection, including novel corona virus, is via “'aerosols”.  Dentists and hygienists  have used “High Volume Evacuation” (HVE) routinely for decades to capture aerosols generated by dental hand pieces (drill) and ultra-sonic scaling devices.  HVE reduces aerosols by 90% !  

We will continue to use HVE for all procedures that generate aerosols.  In addition to HVE, we've invested in Medical Grade H-13 HEPA aerosol scavengers in our operatories (basically a very powerful vacuum) with a snorkel hose that we can position adjacent to the treatment field to scavenge any aerosol the HVE misses.

We have also invested in nine medical grade H-13 HEPA air filtration units placed throughout the office which will completely clean/turn over the air every 10 minutes, or six times per hour.

Another investment made was having medical grade UVC (Ultra-Violet C) units installed in our Central  Air Conditioning/Heating units that kill Bacteria and Virus as the air passes through. 

Finally, we will fog the office with Hypochlorous Acid, a human safe, yet powerful disinfectant at the end of each day.

We want you all to know that we are taking all possible precautions and measures to ensure your safety, and the safety of our team here!

To further streamline your experience at the office, we will be scheduling return visits for you in the operatory, at the end of your appointment.  We will make available electronic payment options in order to minimize visiting the front desk.

Warm regards,

Dr. Paulerio and Team

Your First Visit

Knowing what to expect during your first visit to a new dentist can help you feel calm and prepared for your first appointment. During your first consultation, you will get to know your new dentist and our friendly and caring office staff. You will also have time to discuss any questions or concerns you have about the health and well-being of your smile. New patients at our office generally undergo a comprehensive oral health examination from their new dentist. The exam may include dental x-rays and a professional cleaning from one of our dental hygienists. 

What to Bring to Your First Appointment

For your first appointment, there are several things you can bring with you to make your visit as simple and convenient as possible, including:

  • Your dental insurance card (if applicable)
  • Any recent dental x-rays
  • Information about your medical history, including medications
  • A form of identification, such as your driver’s license or military ID

Bring a list of questions you want to ask our staff during your appointment as well. 

What to Expect During Your Visit

The goal of your first dental appointment is to get to know the staff and meet your dentist. During this visit, you will likely meet with your dentist to discuss your specific oral health goals and any concerns you may have.

Discuss Your History

Your dentist may ask you about your dental history, so you should be prepared to discuss past dental work as well as any changes you have noticed in your smile.

Comprehensive Oral Health Exam

Your dentist will check the health of your teeth and gums and examine any existing restorations. They will likely also examine your jaw and the way your teeth fit together. The oral exam allows your dentist to obtain a complete picture of the health of your smile. If you have not had x-rays taken within the past six months, you will likely have some taken during this appointment as well.

Treatment Plan

After your initial evaluation, your dentist can discuss your treatment options with you, so that you can make an educated decision about how to proceed.

Dental Cleaning

Depending on your needs, you may also have a professional cleaning from a dental hygienist during this appointment. In some cases, your dentist may recommend waiting until your next appointment.

How Long Will It Take?

An initial dental appointment typically takes between one and two hours. Generally, it is best to arrive 10 to 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time to complete any patient forms. Preparing for your appointment in advance can help expedite the visit.

Payment Information

After your appointment, we can provide you with a personalized estimate of the cost of your treatment plan. In many cases, we can also contact your insurance provider to discuss coverage. During this appointment, you can also learn more about what types of payment we accept and the financing options we offer. Understanding your coverage and options can help you make a more informed decision about your treatment. 

Schedule an Appointment

The first step to a healthier smile is to contact our office and schedule an appointment. Our staff can answer questions and concerns you have and give you more detailed information about your first visit.

Point Loma Family Dentistry team

Point Loma Family Dentistry

Dr. Louis E. Paulerio is a top-rated dentist who is committed to providing the latest dental treatments in a caring, warm setting. He is a member of several prestigious dental organizations, including: 

  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • International Dental Implant Association

He also uses CEREC technology to create beautiful, long-lasting dental restorations in just one appointment. Ready to schedule a consultation at our Point Loma office? Request your appointment online or call us at (619) 223-3811.

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