There’s a lot of paperwork involved in healthcare, so we’re breaking down the most important information to include before your next dentist appointment.
One of the first steps we take upon entering a healthcare office is to fill out pages upon pages of paperwork. While this may seem unnecessary or excessive, it really is a crucial part of any check up process. Disclosing your medical history to your dentist helps to ensure that you are able to receive the highest quality of personalized care. The more information you provide about relevant medications, past surgeries, and medical conditions, the more customized your dental care can be. At Ashley Dental, our dentists and dental hygienists take pride in listening to our patients and communicating the best options for their specific conditions. By acquiring information from your paperwork, your dentist is able to make informed decisions about your oral health and necessary procedures.
Sometimes there is confusion surrounding which medications are worth mentioning when recording your medical history. To be safe, it is recommended that you include all prescription medications, over the counter medications, and even vitamins on your intake paperwork. It’s important to disclose information about your medications, because it’s possible something that you’ve been taking may interfere with anesthesia, or other medications prescribed post-op for pain relief. In some cases, medications like blood thinners can cause excessive bleeding, which could affect oral surgeries, and even more standard dental procedures.
Past or Current Medical Conditions
Even if your medical condition doesn’t seem relevant to your dental health, you should still make your dentist aware of it. Common medical conditions may correlate with dental problems without you even knowing it. For example, diabetic patients are more likely to develop periodontal disease due to their susceptibility of contracting infections. It’s important that you disclose all medical conditions, even past conditions to your dentist, so they’re aware of the best way to proceed with your dental care.
If You’re Pregnancy or Nursing
If you read our recent blog, Top Tips for Dental Care During Pregnancy, you know that it’s not unusual for pregnant women to visit the dentist more frequently during their pregnancy. During this time, it’s important to give updates on your pregnancy and detail any new prescriptions, or prenatal vitamins that you’ve started to take. While seeing your dentist is perfectly safe (and encouraged) during pregnancy, in some cases, your dentist may opt to postpone some procedures or prescribe alternative medications. Pregnancy will also affect the use of x-rays in dental appointments to ensure the safety and comfort for you and your baby.
If you ever have any questions or concerns about your paperwork, or what you should disclose to your dentist, reach out to Ashley Dental today! Our friendly staff is always looking for ways to ensure the best possible experience for you.