We are now open!

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.  

When you come to the office, we ask that you wait in your car in the parking lot.  Diana will be calling you at your appointment time to let you know that your dental operatory is ready for you.  Susie, Chelsea or I will meet you outside to take a quick, touch-less temperature scan of the forehead, and 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

The Cost of Whitening Your Teeth

Having a bright, beautiful smile can help you feel more confident and leave a lasting impression on the people you meet. The growing desire for whiter, more dazzling teeth has resulted in a wide variety of at-home and in-office teeth whitening options ranging in price from $5 to $1,000. The assortment of whitening treatments on the market today makes attaining a glowing smile more convenient and less expensive than ever before. When choosing a bleaching treatment, it is important to take into account the treatment timeline, the level of effectiveness, and the teeth whitening cost.

Average cost ranges for Teeth Whitening

 
Method Cost Range
Over-the-Counter $5-50
Professional Whitening at Home $200-400
In-Office Teeth Whitening $300-1000

Over-the-Counter Whitening

Store-bought whitening products cost less than other bleaching methods, ranging from $5 to $50. This quick and convenient approach to teeth whitening makes a brighter smile accessible to just about anyone. From whitening toothpastes and gels to strips and chewing gum, there are many products on the market claiming to offer a route to a whiter smile. However, these products typically produce much less dramatic changes than professional whitening treatments. In addition, some whitening products contain dangerously high concentrations of peroxide and can cause permanent damage to your smile.

Professional Whitening at Home

Many cosmetic dentists offer at-home teeth whitening kits using custom or premade whitening trays, which can hold the bleaching solution. Prices can range from $200 to $400 and depend on the brand your dentist offers as well as other factors. You can place the tray over your teeth once a day for a predetermined amount of time or overnight. Though these treatments are used at home, they are far more effective and safer than over-the-counter options. Choosing a premade whitening tray rather than a custom tray can make at-home whitening even more affordable.

teeth whitening
Take-home whitening is an affordable way to achieve professionally supervised results.

The form of whitening treatment you choose will play the most significant role in the overall cost. 

In-Office Teeth Whitening

Undergoing a teeth bleaching treatment in your dentist’s office is typically the quickest way to achieve your smile goals. Since the procedure takes place in the office, your dentist can use a higher concentration of peroxide for more dramatic results. A professional teeth whitening treatment can cost between $300 and $1,000. The overall price of your treatment will depend on the brand of whitening gel used as well as any advanced tools incorporated into treatment. For example, certain treatments, such as laser whitening, will cost significantly more than traditional methods.

Other Factors to Keep in Mind

The form of whitening treatment you choose will play the most significant role in the overall cost. However, the depth of whitening you require can also affect the price. Certain brands of whitening can address deeper, intrinsic stains, but require a larger investment. Keep in mind that as a cosmetic procedure, teeth whitening is not covered by insurance. If you have any concerns about the cost of treatment, you should talk to your dentist about third party financing options or in-house payment plans.

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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