Medical History Update:
Why Is This Needed?
Most Patients might not realize the importance of a current medical history with their health professional.
The safe and successful completion of dental care is often times significantly influenced by a patient’s health and medications.
Let me give some examples of why it is important to keep an accurate medical history of our patients so that we “don’t treat a stranger!”
- Many medications cause dry mouth [xerostomia] … and that leads to a high risk for gum disease and cavities.
- Many medications … and herbal supplements … influence bleeding and clotting times.
- Anesthetics like “Novocain” interact or are influenced by the medications a patient takes.
- Medications can cause patients to faint more easily in the dental chair when we change the position of the chair, or stand up too quickly, or are stressed by their dental care.
- Past medical surgeries, general anesthesia, surgical complications, medicine interactions or problems, and more can influence our treatment recommendations.
- Diabetes, heart disease, and smoking have a significant impact with your dental care.
- Referrals to specialists … like oral surgeons and periodontists … dictate that we know our patients and refer patients appropriately.
- Liability issues can arise if we are not made aware of medical issues that would influence any dental treatment.
Please know that we will keep your information confidential and use it appropriately to recommend dental treatment. Your trust is important to us, but we do want to be fully aware of any health issues and medications before providing you with care that is in your best interest.
Steve McCormack, DDS