Re-opening of Family Cosmetic and Family Dentistry

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!  

We anticipate reopening in the not too distant future for all aspects of routine and maintenance dental care.  In the mean time, we remain available for emergent treatment if needed.

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.

We miss you all and look forward to resuming operations to provide your dental care needs in a safe and caring manner.  

Warm regards,

Dr. Paulerio and Team

Diode laser

Diode Laser

Conventional dental or gum surgery is often painful and requires a long recovery.

Diode lasers can be used in many procedures to reduce treatment times, improve precision, and lessen discomfort during recovery.

So what makes treatment with a diode laser such a good choice?

Diode laser

Laser Dentistry Offers a Wide Range of Benefits

Versatile Use

Diode lasers have many uses in dentistry. Your doctor can use this device to treat everything from canker sores and gum disease to stained or discolored teeth.

Highly Precise Treatment

Using a diode laser, your dentist can precisely target a problem area and vaporize it without affecting nearby tissue.

Fewer Side Effects

The heat produced by the laser during treatment simultaneously sterilizes and cauterizes the treatment area, minimizing bleeding and lowering the risk of infection.

Take a look at what a diode laser can do...

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What Is a Diode Laser?

Also known as an injection laser, this device is a semiconductor which produces a controlled burst of energy. Diode lasers are small and operate at a much lower intensity than conventional lasers, making them easy to adapt to dentistry. This type of laser is used in a range of technologies, including fiber optic systems, CD and DVD players, laser printers, remote-control devices, and barcode readers. 

Diode laser

So what should I expect if a diode laser is used during my treatment?

The Details of Your Procedure Will Depend on the Condition Being Treated

Treatments performed with diode lasers are often quicker and cause less discomfort.
Treatments performed with diode lasers are often quicker and cause less discomfort.

Sedation

Your doctor will provide local anesthesia to help you stay comfortable. While most patients do not need sedation for laser procedures, you can discuss your options with your doctor.

Treatment

Procedures performed with dental lasers are very similar to traditional treatments. However, you won't experience the vibrations or discomfort associated with conventional tools.

Post-Op

Dental lasers cause much fewer post-operative symptoms. Bleeding and discomfort are significantly reduced making your recovery process easier.

Take a look at a diode laser in action...

Does laser treatment really work?

When Performed by a Skilled Professional, Laser Dentistry Has High Success Rates

How will my smile look after the treatment?

Will an advanced tool like a diode laser affect the cost of my treatment?

The Cost of Laser Dentistry Depends on the Type of Procedure

In many cases, treatment with a laser is more cost-effective because the procedures are more precise and can yield better results. However, some insurance plans do not cover the use of a diode laser for certain procedures. In addition, if you receive a cosmetic treatment with a laser, the cost will be greater.

When deciding whether to choose to use a diode laser during treatment, it is important to weigh the increased comfort and decreased complication risk with the cost. For example, using a laser may reduce the amount of sedation you need, saving you money on anesthesia fees. 

Anesthesia Fees Retreatment Insurance
Dental Laser Typically only local anesthesia Lower risk of complication Not always covered
Conventional Treatment May require additional sedation May require follow-up for complications Covered for medically necessary treatments

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Diode lasers offer a range of benefits over conventional surgical methods. To find out whether a laser can be used to improve your treatment experience, contact a doctor today.

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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