Whether you are going in for a simple checkup or for a serious dental problem, your dentist needs to know several things about you as a new patient. For example, he or she needs to know about your medical history, conditions, and medications, among other things.
First of all, tell the dentist all about the medications you are taking. You will probably fill out a form where you will list all of them. Make sure you do not leave any out. One of the most important types of medications to list is blood thinners. Your dentist will want to know if you will likely bleed easily as they treat you.
Other medications cause a dry mouth. Your dentist will want to know about these because they can affect your dental health. The mouth is designed to be moist and if it is not, problems often arise. Medications that may interact with other drugs the dentist will prescribe or administer also need to be mentioned. Since you may not be aware of all the interactions, it is necessary to include every drug you take, including OTC meds.
There are many dental problems that require the dentist to prescribe antibiotics for you. If you are allergic to penicillin it is essential that you tell your dentist to avoid penicillin based drugs. In fact, it does not hurt to mention any other allergies you might have as well.
If you have heart disease, especially heart valve disease, it is crucial to consult with your dentist before your main appointment. Your heart doctor will tell you if you need to take antibiotics before dental work to protect your heart valves but then it is up to you to relay this information to your dentist.
Diabetes can both cause dental problems and be made worse by dental problems. Diabetes often leads to periodontal disease. Yet, dental problems cause changes in the mouth environment that make controlling blood sugars difficult at times as well. Therefore, if you have diabetes, there is a two-fold reason for sharing that information with your dentist.
Some people just naturally have a very strong gag reflex. If this sounds like you, you would be wise to discuss it with your dentist. As a result, your dentist can adjust the treatment of your dental problems so that they avoid bothering you in that way whenever possible.
Explain the dental problems that brought you to the dental clinic in the first place. For example, do you have a broken tooth or inflamed gums? Perhaps you just need an annual checkup instead. Whatever your reason, tell the dentist the primary motivation for coming. Then tell her about any other dental problems that you are experiencing.
Finally, tell your dentist all about any fears you have about facing the dental chair. If your dentist can reassure you and make you feel at ease in her office, it will be a step in the right direction. Your dentist, like any good doctor, will treat you better as she gets to know more about you.