Setting appointments of any kind are always a challenge. Between your work schedule, social activities, your kids, the gym – it’s hard to find a free hour to go to the dentist. So when you finally settle on an appointment time, the last thing you want is to have to reschedule.
When you come down with a sickness before your dental appointment, is it best to tough it out and get it over with? Or should you reschedule for another time when you’re healthy? It really comes down to how sick you are and if the sickness is contagious.
Stay or Go?
If you feel up to it, keep the appointment. Don’t let a headache or an upset stomach stand in your way, especially when it is last minute. When you set an appointment, a healthcare professional has reserved part of their day for you. It is best practise to keep appointments that you set and arrive on time, unless dealing with an unforeseeable emergency (otherwise you may face a hefty cancellation fee).
However, if you are suffering from a cough, strep throat, nausea or any other contagious illnesses it is probably best to reschedule. If you cannot sit comfortably for an hour and will put other patients/staff at risk of contracting your sickness, contact your dental office immediately. Your dental office may be able to easily reschedule your appointment, or if they may have processes in place that will still allow you to come in without putting others at risk.
Regardless, when feeling sick and or in doubt, phone your dentist about your symptoms and they will gauge what is the best approach. Be sure to mention if you are feeling congested, as the dentist can give you frequent breaks throughout the appointment to allow you to breathe out of your mouth. If keeping your appointment with the dentist, wash your hands, stay hydrated, and avoid direct contact with others to limit the chance of your sickness spreading.