Whether you have a routine dental check coming up or a specific ailment like bleeding gums or an aching tooth, dentist appointments can be tough to reschedule. If you’re suddenly feeling unwell, you might be wondering whether it’s a good idea to go ahead with the appointment or go some other time. Read on for a quick guide on managing dental appointments when you’re sick:
Are You Really Unwell?
Sickness ranges from a stomach bug and a headache to the flu, or even something serious like chickenpox. A minor illness such as a migraine is likely to pass by the time you need to go to the dentist. For more severe illnesses, you need to consider two factors:
- Are you well enough to physically get out of bed and make the journey without your condition getting worse?
- Are you contagious? If yes, then you definitely need to reschedule since even a slight sneeze may transfer germs to those around you. Especially during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s strictly advisable to reschedule any dental appointments, even if you’re feeling slightly under the weather.
If you were suffering from a contagious illness, wait for at least a week or two after you’re feeling better to make sure that you are no longer at risk of contaminating others.
Let Your Dentist Know if you’re Unwell
If you’ve decided not to reschedule your visit since you’re not contagious and the problem is severe and needs immediate care (such as bleeding gums or damaged braces), let your doctor know. They’ll be more careful during diagnosis and treatment, especially if your condition somewhat obstructs your breathing. If you are congested, your dentist will give frequent breaks during treatment to allow you to catch your breath.
Steps to follow if you’re visiting the Dentist While You’re Sick
If you’re going to the dentist’s clinic while you’re unwell, make sure to follow the necessary precautions. Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze and sanitize your hands to avoid spreading your sick germs to other people at the clinic.
Wipe down the handles or the chair you’re sitting on to avoid picking up any more germs that could make your condition worse.
If your illness is contagious, but you require necessary dental care, tell your dentist and anyone assisting them during your treatment so that they take the precautions needed, such as wearing gloves and a face mask.
Even if you’re unwell if your sickness is not contagious and you’re well enough to handle a quick dentist visit, don’t cancel your appointment. You might risk having to pay a cancellation fee and having difficulty scheduling another appointment at a suitable date.
If you’re cancelling your appointment, call the dentist clinic in advance and let them know why you can’t make it so that they can schedule you for a visit in the future when you’re feeling better.
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