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

WaterLase tool

WaterLase

Traditional drills are trusted tools but they create heat, pressure, and vibrations, making dental treatments uncomfortable or even painful.

WaterLase® from BIOLASE combines water, air, and laser energy to perform a range of virtually pain-free treatments.

What makes treatment with WaterLase so unique?

WaterLase tool

WaterLase Involves Less Pain, Fewer Shots, and Faster Treatment

Virtually Painless

The WaterLase system keeps your tooth hydrated and reduces heat, resulting in a dental treatment that is practically pain-free. With WaterLase, your dentist may not even have to use an anesthetic to maintain your comfort.

Convenient and Fast

WaterLase is so gentle and quick that your dentist can often perform multiple treatments in a single visit, saving you the hassle of scheduling with a specialist or returning for follow-up appointments.

Safe and Precise

In contrast to a traditional drill, WaterLase removes very precise amounts of tissue without damaging surrounding areas. In addition, there is a much lower risk of cross-contamination, making your procedure even safer.

Let's take a closer look at the WaterLase system...

WaterLaser system WaterLaser system

How Does WaterLase Work?

WaterLase is an innovative system which uses hydrokinetic technology to conservatively remove enamel, dentin, and soft tissue using a combination of air, water, and laser energy.

Both your teeth and the surrounding soft tissue naturally contain certain quantities of water. The WaterLase device works by exciting the water molecules in the targeted areas, essentially vaporizing the tissue. As it works, the laser also cauterizes the treatment site, minimizing bleeding as well as the chance of infection

WaterLase system

What happens during treatment with WaterLase?

WaterLase Allows for Quick, Safe Procedures

With WaterLase, your dentist may not even have to use an anesthetic to maintain your comfort.
With WaterLase, your dentist may not even have to use an anesthetic to maintain your comfort.
You will be prepped and the laser will be directed at the treatment area.
Water molecules in the tooth or gums are heated rapidly and essentially vaporized.
The laser kills bacteria on contact, sterilizing the treatment area.
Your dentist completes any necessary treatment, such as filling placement.

Take a closer look at the WaterLase system in action...

Is treatment with WaterLase really more comfortable?

WaterLase Can Reduce or Eliminate the Need for Uncomfortable Anesthesia

Is WaterLase only for cavities?

WaterLase Can Address a Wide Range of Cosmetic and Oral Health Issues

The WaterLase system is highly versatile. The laser can work effectively with both soft and hard tissues, allowing your dentist to employ it across a range of procedures, including:

Take a look at the impact WaterLase can make...

But aren't laser treatments more expensive?

The Cost of WaterLase Depends on the Procedure You Need

In some cases, using a laser to perform dental treatments is more expensive than conventional methods. However, laser treatments are often more precise and yield better results, which can save you money in the long run. 

It is important to discuss your treatment options with your dentist before electing to undergo treatment with WaterLase. They can help you weigh benefits of this treatment against the additional costs. For example, laser treatments can often be performed without sedation, saving you money on anesthesia fees.

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

I'm ready to find out more...

Learn More about Your Candidacy

The WaterLase system can provide safer, more comfortable treatment for a wide range of conditions. For more information about the benefits of WaterLase, reach out to a dentist 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.

Contact Us Today

Rate, Review & Explore

Social Accounts Sprite

San Diego Office

1635 Rosecrans St
Ste A
San Diego, CA 92106

Open Today 8:00am - 5:00pm

What is the best time for you?

Add additional time

Tell us a bit about yourself...

(619) 223-3811 Send a message