Checking Your Medical History at the Centre

Regular visitors to the practice will be aware that we need to check your medical history each time you visit us. We check it verbally each visit and then it is a requirement that we get you to sign your form once a year. At times this can feel a little arduous but there is good reason for this as there are many medical conditions that can affect treatment here at the Centre. For example, did you know that anyone who has a heart attack should not have any invasive treatment for 6 weeks following the attack? A hygienist appointment, dental surgery and some fillings could be classed as invasive, so it is always worthwhile discussing with a member of the team.

Anyone who has undergone joint surgery will need a time-lapse of 12 weeks between their operation and hygienist appointments and invasive procedures. Cataract operations require a minimum of two weeks but ideally, we would like to wait until you have been seen for your review and discharged. Cold sores are contagious from the moment you first feel tingling or other signs of the cold sore coming on to when the cold sore has completely healed. During dental treatment the sore can weep and this in conjunction with the aerosols created by a drill or a scaler can cause the sore to spread to other areas on the patient or to the operator. For this reason, it is best to reschedule treatment until it has healed.

If you take warfarin and have an INR level this needs to be checked before dental treatment. Your INR needs to be checked within 72 hours of treatment. If an INR score is too low, you can be at risk for a blood clot. However, if your INR is too high, you could also experience bleeding. A typical INR score ranges between 2 to 3. Any changes in your INR must be reported to your dentist as this could alter any surgical procedures. If you have any worries it is best to call through to the Centre and check with the dentist before your appointment to save a wasted journey.

Other conditions and treatment, such as chemotherapy and strokes may lead to a delay in treatment and again should be discussed with your dentist. We may at times seek advice from your GP, Oncologist or hospital specialist. Your safety is the most important thing to us. We will always endeavour to see someone who is in pain and provide non-invasive pain relief if we are unable to treat you, due to one of the above conditions. So please remember if you are in pain and need emergency treatment please always contact us and discuss your medical concerns with our reception team who will check with your dentist and help look after you.


“After feeling very anxious prior to my appointment, I left CESRC feeling much happier and in very safe and competent hands. Every member of the team that I came into contact with were kind, reassuring and helpful. The experience of the team was obvious from the word go and I would highly recommend this practice! Thank you!”

E. Richards

“Another great CPD evening on occlusion last week. Keep up with the study club programme as it is a great opportunity for us GDPs to stay up to date and meet other colleagues in the profession.”

O. Hinton

“Excellent, knowledgeable team.”

C. Bradley


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