Should You Go To The Dentist If You Are Sick?

Just your luck the day of your dental appointment arrives and you’re feeling under the weather.  You’ve made this time for a visit and knowing the dentist has this time set aside for you leaves you wondering if you should cancel your appointment. So you can make the decision that’s the right one for all concerned here’s some guidelines.

The Basics

Common sense says an appointment should never be cancelled unless there is a good reason for doing so. When the dentist schedules a time for you and you cancel it means he is losing money he needs to pay his staff and expenses. For this reason some dentists may charge a cancellation fee to provide security for themselves.

How Sick Are You?

The thought of paying this type of fee and getting nothing in return may influence the decision to keep the appointment. Something like a headache isn’t contagious and more a matter of pain tolerance when it comes to going to your appointment. Unless it’s out of the ordinary you can probably safely still go.

Are You Contagious?

Being contagious is a very different situation, if you are coughing, sneezing or have any symptoms of flu or cold cancelling is a good choice.You don’t want spread germs needlessly and infect those working there so they miss work. Contact the dentist office about their cancellation policy for contagious illnesses.

What Should You do if You Keep Your Appointment?

Each Guildford dentist has differing views on whether a sick patient should keep their appointment. If you decide to show up for the visit be sure to follow procedures outlined by the staff. Advise them if congestion is the issue as this is the biggest concern when it comes to your checkup or procedure. Because you will have problems breathing through your nose and breathing through your mouth will be difficult ask the dentist for frequent breaks to catch your breath.

What Steps Can You Take to Avoid Infecting Others?

In order to prevent the spread of germs wash your hands before your get to the office or many dental offices have hand sanitizer available. Avoid touching multiple surfaces to prevent spreading your germs or picking up any more yourself. Practice all the usual ways of spreading illness by covering your mouth and nose while coughing or sneezing. Inform the staff of your contagious illness in case they choose to wear gloves.

Are you overdue for a dental checkup, why not give our reception desk a call at Guilford Dental and book an appointment today.

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