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NOVEMBER 2013 Newsletter

Dentists helping to prevent car crashes
Each year driver fatigue results in more than 100,000 car accidents in this country, and takes the lives of an estimated 1,550 citizens.

Actual figures could be much higher since there is no test to determine sleepiness and little police training in identifying drowsy drivers.

In a recent National Sleep Foundation poll, 60% said they have driven a vehicle while sleepy, and 13% say they do so regularly. Men are almost twice as likely to fall asleep behind the wheel as women – and twice as likely to have a condition called obstructive sleep apnea.

As a sufferer relaxes into sleep, soft tissues at the back of the mouth block the flow of oxygen. Breathing becomes very shallow or stops for a period of time.

Then the sleeper snorts, chokes, or jerks awake, and the cycle repeats many times each hour through the night. One of the detrimental side effects of untreated sleep apnea is daytime drowsiness, contributing to vehicle accidents.

Many apneics find relief with a simple custom-fitted oral appliance prescribed by a dentist. It discreetly holds the lower jaw open and slightly forward to keep the airway clear.

Drowsy Driving Prevention Week begins November 11. Ask your dentist for more information on sleep apnea treatment. Read more
Use It, Or Lose It
Use your flex spending dollars on a brand new smile by the end of this year,
or you could lose the dollars for good!

You can use your flex spending dollars for Invisalign®, at the office of Dr. Leo Arellano DDS.
Thanksgiving Weekend Marks 29 Years in Dentistry
As another year passes, I remember opening my dental practice and seeing my first patient during Thanksgiving weekend 1984. Even after moving my office 4 times, I still have patients who have followed me from those early years in the late 1980's. Thanks to all for your continued support and for your great reviews and testimonials. Just like the mission of my dental practice is "To Help You Become Healthier", I appreciate any feedback for me to improve our service. Your testimonials and referrals are the only way that we know about your satisfaction, so please keep them both coming. Thank you! -Leo
My Years as a Dental Hygienist
Many of you may not know that I was a Registered Dental Hygienist 34 years ago before I became a dentist. In fact I still have patients who remember me cleaning their teeth when I was only their dental hygienist. My, how dentistry has changed since then. Notice in the photo how we didn't even wear mask and gloves! -Leo
San Francisco Study Club
For the past 2 years, this study club for dentists has been trying to recruit me as a member. The San Francisco Study Club is a local affiliate of the internationally known Seattle Study Club whose members "...are dedicated to the advancement of team treatment planning and total case management as the ultimate tool for achieving ideal comprehensive care. They have also committed themselves to excellence in their profession and in the management of their practices."

I was recently invited to attend their meeting on "Treatment Planning and Execution of the Complete Restorative Case" and was surprised at the quality of their speaker and of the information that was shared. I am honored that the my experience and quality of my dental work as a general dentist has been noticed by the local dental specialists in San Francisco who lead this study club and that my membership will benefit both my patients and my professional colleagues as well. You can read more about this club and its benefits to patients here. -Leo
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