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Author Topic: Should I tell the dentist ?  (Read 487 times)

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Offline fabio

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Should I tell the dentist ?
« on: November 01, 2020, 04:52:45 am »
Hey,so I'm with a bad case of wisdom tooth (or so I think) and I'm in pain and all sorts of secretions come out of my gum. The big question and anxiety of mine is should I tell the dentist I'm positive?
To me,I feel like I should,but I have the fear that he will refuse me treatment.

Offline OneTampa

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Re: Should I tell the dentist ?
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2020, 06:38:55 am »
Hello Fabio,

Sorry to read about your Wisdom Tooth issue.

But yes it would be "wise" to inform your Dentist that you are Positive. As you may know nearly all medical professionals practice patient safety care standards to include many conditions. Should not be a biggie. Just normal.

Don't be alarmed.

Best to you,

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Offline Mindless

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Re: Should I tell the dentist ?
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2020, 07:52:30 am »
Hi Fabio,


In my personal case, I have important reasons to avoid telling people whenever that’s possible: I live in a place where stigma is still huge (vast ignorance prevails) and other reasons linked to health insurance issues.

So, I usually avoid disclosing: in case of doubt (a new medical treatment/procedure), I ask my ID dr for advice. Regarding the dentist, he told me that for routine procedures disclosing my status is not essential as they are already obliged to apply safety measures to avoid ALL main infectious diseases (eg. Hepatitis other than hiv).

I think that in the case I had to go through some “new” procedure (eg. a wisdom tooth removed), I’d do the same and ask my ID doc for advice. Just to be sure.

There were cases when he advised me to disclose and so I did: eg. when I had a colonoscopy, he advised that the GI dr. may have a better understanding of the exam if he was aware of my status.

Hugs

Offline fabio

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Re: Should I tell the dentist ?
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2020, 11:43:41 am »
Thanks a lot. I was thinking of telling him because of the treatment I could receive. I might need to get antibiotics prescribed,since my gums seem really awful in case it interferes with my hiv meds. But I'm a bit scared since I live in a small island. But I've decided to tell him because I also had advised my doc about telling or not,specifically she said that it might be something related to it and that they take an oath so I can sue them .
Hopefully everything goes well,I'm quite scared I'm gonna cry a lot haha.

Offline Tonny2

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Re: Should I tell the dentist ?
« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2020, 02:14:05 pm »


        ojo.        Hello Fabio!

Your doctor is right!, I think that you have to tell every doctor you see so you can get the best treatment possible for your condition. I know the feeling to tell about being positive, but, like you say, if your doctor knows about your diagnosis, he will know what treatment to give you according with your dx... you will learn to live with HIV soon, and disclosing your positive dx to your health care providers will not be any issue anymore. It is for our own benefit to disclose our hiv positive dx to them...hugs and good luck. Keep us posted and don’t cry, tho, I hate seeing the dentist
« Last Edit: November 01, 2020, 02:19:50 pm by Tonny2 »

Offline OneTampa

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Re: Should I tell the dentist ?
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2020, 07:19:23 am »
Thanks a lot. I was thinking of telling him because of the treatment I could receive. I might need to get antibiotics prescribed,since my gums seem really awful in case it interferes with my hiv meds. But I'm a bit scared since I live in a small island. But I've decided to tell him because I also had advised my doc about telling or not,specifically she said that it might be something related to it and that they take an oath so I can sue them .
Hopefully everything goes well,I'm quite scared I'm gonna cry a lot haha.

Good you're working through for your health benefit.

Take care

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Offline fabio

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Re: Should I tell the dentist ?
« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2020, 07:45:57 am »
Everything went well,the dentist was nice and It was indeed my wisdom tooth that had caused an infection and he prescribed me antibiotics and a probiotic.
He did tell me that I could either keep the tooth and clean it very well or remove it. Of course I'll choose to remove it hehe 😂.
Thank God it's nothing serious and the dentist actually praised me for being honest about my condition.

Offline Almost2late

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Re: Should I tell the dentist ?
« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2020, 07:55:16 am »
Sorry about your teeth pain Fabio, but I can totally relate about telling them.. I had similar issue about telling the dentist but since I get my dental through adap, they're gonna know anyway. Glad it worked out for you.

 


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