Should I Disclose My Current Medications to My Dentist?

Before going into a dental treatment room, you’ll be asked to fill out a medical history form. Dental forms often ask patients to disclose any medications they are currently taking.

You may think that the medications you are taking aren’t relevant to your oral healthcare. However, it’s possible for medications to have side effects that impact your oral health. For example, some medications can cause dry mouth, gum inflammation, changes in taste, and/or your body to respond differently to dental procedures or anesthesia.

Customized Dental Treatment

While Dr. Chittajallu and our team are caring for your teeth and gums, we are also focused on your safety and well-being! Your medications can influence our treatment recommendations because we want to avoid potential complications and adverse reactions. By disclosing your current medications, you enable our Austin dentist to design a safe and more personalized treatment plan. We can adapt our approach to accommodate any medication-related concerns or issues.

Prevention & Early Detection

Some medications may increase your risk of oral health problems like gum disease or cavities. When we know what you’re taking, we can focus on prevention and early detection so that issues are addressed promptly.

Your Safety Is Our Priority!

Being open about your current medications helps your dental visit be as comfortable, safe, and efficient as possible. Disclosing your current medications is an important aspect of effective communication between you and our dental team so everyone can be on the same page regarding your health and treatment goals. This information helps us make necessary adjustments to minimize potential risks so we can prevent complications during and after dental procedures.

To prepare for your next dental visit, we encourage you to make note of or take photos of your current medications to make filling out necessary paperwork easier. Don’t hesitate to give us a call if you have any questions about other information we may need during your appointment!

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