INSTRUCTIONS FOR MEDICALLY COMPROMISED PATIENTS

FOR DIAGNOSED DIABETIC PATIENTS:

  • Please try to schedule early morning appointments.
  • Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time so that you have time to relax before your appointment.
  • Please notify our office if you are not feeling well prior to your appointment.
  • Continue to take your antibiotics (if prescribed) as direction for this appointment.
  • Please notify us of any change in y our medication and/or eating habits.
  • Unless you are going to be sedated, you should eat normally before your appointment.
  • Please bring a snack with you if a long appointment is anticipated.
  • Please bring your glucometer with you in case your glucose levels need to be checked.
  • Notify a staff member IMMEDIATELY if you feel dizzy, light headed, disoriented, or sweaty during the procedure.

FOR PATIENTS WITH HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE:

  • Please try to schedule early morning appointments.
  • Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time so that you can relax before your appointment.
  • Please notify our office of any change in your medication or if your not feeling well prior to your appointment.
  • Remember to take your blood pressure medication as prescribed by your physician.

FOR PATIENTS NEEDING ANTIBIOTIC PRE-MEDICATION:

  • Remember to take your antibiotics as prescribed prior to your appointment.

FOR ASTHMATIC PATIENTS:

  • ALWAYS bring your inhaler to your dental appointments and place it in aan accessible area during the appointment.

FOR PATIENTS TAKING VITAMIN E (>1000 UNITS/DAY OF ALPHA-TOCOPHEROL) OR FOR PATIENT TAKING VITAM E WITH COD LIVER OIL:

  • Please reduce your intake of vitamin E for 2 weeks prior to your appointment to permit adequate hemostasis (clotting) during any surgery or restorative procedures where impressions will be taken.

FOR PATIENTS WITH ADRENAL INSUFFICIENCY OR TAKING CORTICOSTEROIDS:

  • Please try to schedule early morning appointments.
  • Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time so that you can relax before starting
  • Please notify our office of any changes to your medications and/or eating schedule.
  • Continue to take your prescribed medications prior to this appointment.
  • Continue to take your antibiotics if applicable.

FOR PATIENTS TAKING BLOOD THINNERS:

  • Please notify our office if you are taking any of these medications as it will affect the normal clotting process and lead to excessive bleeding.
  • You should stop taking this type of medication prior to any dental procedure that could produce significant bleeding.
  • Please contact your primary physician who will determine when you should stop taking the blood thinner prior to the procedure.
  • You must suspend taking this medication as directed by your physician and schedule your dental appointment within the amount of time instructed by your physician.

FOR PATIENTS WITH RENAL DISEASE OR UNDERGOING DIALYSIS:

  • Dental appointments should be scheduled relative to t hemodialysis appointments.
  • If antibiotics are administered at the time of dialysis, schedule the appointment on the day following dialysis.

FOR PREGNANT WOMEN:

  • We will need to obtain a medical clearance from your OB prior to your first appointment since expecting.
  • It is recommended to wait until at least the second trimester for any treatment if at all possible and you are cleared by your OB.
  • Nitrous oxide is not offered to pregnant women as it can have grave consequences on the baby.

THESE ARE GENERAL GUIDELINES AND SOME PATIENTS MAY NEED SPECIFICATIONS OTHER THAN THOSE LISTED ABOVE AND ARE ENCOURAGED   AS A GENERAL RULE WE LIKE TO OBTAIN A MEDICAL CLEARANCE FROM YOUR DOCTOR FOR THE MORE SEVER MEDICAL ISSUES, INCLUDING PREGNANCY. 

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