A thorough medical history is an essential part of treatment planning. While all information is necessary, there are some medical details that have particular importance to dentistry. Please inform the office prior to your first appointment if any of the following apply to you.
(NOTE: It is important that a parent or guardian accompany any patient under the age of 18 years to the initial appointment so that they may complete an accurate history and sign the necessary consent forms.)
- Do you have any artificial joints (hips, knees etc.) or artificial heart valves?
- Have you ever been told by your physician that you require antibiotics before dental appointments?
- Do you have a heart murmur? It is of value to know the type (e.g. congenital or other organic type, mitral valve prolapse, a murmur related to rheumatic fever, or simply a functional murmur).
- Do you have any other heart condition that you are being treated for?
- Do you wear a pacemaker?
- Do you have high blood pressure?
- Have you ever had a stroke?
- Are you taking any anticoagulants (blood thinners), including aspirin?
- Do you have any bleeding problems?
- Do you have any allergies, especially to antibiotics, pain medications, local anaesthetics, latex products, certain metals, etc?
- Do you have osteoporosis and are you taking medication to help treat it (e.g. Fosamax, Actonel, Didronel, Aclasta, Boniva, Aredia, Zometa)
- Are you diabetic?
- Do you have any infectious conditions (e.g. Hepatitis A, B, C, D, E or G, Tuberculosis, HIV, colds, flus, etc?)
NOTE: A detailed list of the medications you are presently taking is of value. We will copy this to keep with your file. Not only does it help us understand the medical conditions you are being treated for, many medications have side effects that are relevant to dentistry. This list may help us investigate these for you.