Should I Go to The Dentist When I’m Sick?
We all want the best for ourselves when it comes to evolving with life and living our dreams, this is especially the case when it comes to dental care. No one would wish bad dental genes on anyone, this is a serious matter and can directly affect your body’s overall health and wellness. Routine dental appointments are incredibly important but we all know often times that most dental offices take a considerable amount of time to even book you for an appointment. But what happens when you DO get booked but become ill prior to your appointment? We’ll address that below.
How Sick Are You?
Like most common dental office practice, we do have a cancellation fee that is passed on to the patient. It would be in your best interest to heavily evaluate each individual situation. We know that many different factors will impact your decision, the very first thing you should ask yourself is ‘How Sick Am I?’. In most cases, your ability to sit through your dental procedure is a matter of overall tolerance.
If you can, decide the severity of your headache and whether or not your tolerant enough to sit through your procedure. If it isn’t unbearable, then it would be a good idea to make it in to your scheduled appointment as to avoid the cancellation fee.
Are You Contagious?
We know there are many contagious illnesses that make their way throughout our circles of friends and family, making even the simplest tasks incredibly difficult. These contagious illnesses are often treated differently than your run of the mill headache or nausea. When you are contagious you run risk of passing along your illness to others, this should effect your decision overall, as well.
An important point to make to the dentist is if whether or not you are currently suffering from congestion, however mild or serious. Your best bet is to contact our office and to describe your situation to us as best as possible.
What Should I Do If I Keep My Appointment?
Depending on the dentist office, there are varying opinions about what to do about sick patients. Some doctor’s will want you to keep your appointment while others will ask you to reschedule, depending on symptoms. If you do end up coming to your appointment, be sure to abide by the following procedure recommendations.
It’s important to reiterate that if you’re feeling congested, it is important to mention to the doctor and staff. Of all the problems we see in office, it is congestion that is the most problematic for staff during cleanings and procedures. Why? Congestion makes breathing difficult and when your mouth is open for long periods of time, the importance of breathing is more prevalent than ever. If you’re not able to breath properly, things can go awry. That’s why it is important that you tell your doctor and dental staff, that way they can give you breaks to take breaths along the way.
While we would love for you not to ever miss an appointment, we understand that sickness does occur and it is often appropriate to cancel on your scheduled appointment. Whatever the case may be, if you do keep your scheduled appointment, we look forward to treating you at Dr. Henry Chang’s office.