Wednesday, January 30, 2013

How To Talk To Your Dentist

As we have mentioned in previous posts communication can make all the difference in any relationship, especially between you and your healthcare providers.  Dr. Clark makes every effort possible to help you understand your dental needs.  Each team member in our office also tries to effectively help you understand the instructions given during your visit and upon your exit.  But that doesn't mean we may have answered all of your questions.

Did you know that Dentists are often the first to detect more serious medical problems such as oral cancer?  Thorough examinations can expose other underlying health conditions that you may not be aware of and possibly even save your life.  Good dental care is so important; not only for your teeth but also for your overall well-being.

To make the most out of your dental visit here are five suggestions we would like to share:
  1. Ask a friend or family member to come with you if you are nervous. Sometimes bringing someone familiar with you can help ease those nerves.
  2. Bring a list of any questions or concerns you may have.  It’s easy to forget about important questions you have especially when you are nervous.  Your friend or family member can help you review your list to ensure you haven’t forgotten anything.
  3. Bring a list of medications you have been prescribed along with the dosage amounts.  We also want to know about any supplements you may be taking.  There are certain medical conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure that can affect your oral health.  The more we know about you, the better you results will be.
  4. Let Dr. Clark know about any pain or discomfort you are currently experiencing.  Do not skip this information for fear of possible problems or treatments needed.  We have found that early detection reduces pain, expense and time of treatment needed.  Dental techniques today are now advanced enough to significantly reduce the discomfort of treatments.  We can even reverse numbness sooner after your treatments.  It’s exciting to be a dentist with the technology available!
  5. If there is something that has been explained that you are unclear about just ask.  So many times we fear asking for clarification or another explanation using simpler or more familiar words and that does no one any good.  Both parties need to understand in order for communication to be successful.  We want to make sure that you understand the instructions and explanations given.  That will ensure that your treatment plan will bring you the results you desire.

 We look forward to hearing from you soon!

(541) 451-1440 or TEXT us at 541.6DC.DDS2

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