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To attend a Dental Appointment with a cold

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Whatjusthappenedexactly Fri 06-Oct-17 13:02:24

Is it unreasonable to visit a Dentist or Hygienist if you have an obvious cold?

Is it unreasonable for a Dentist or Hygienist to refuse to treat you and ask you to rebook after your cold has cleared up?

pasturesgreen Fri 06-Oct-17 13:07:07

Depends how bad the cold. If not too bad, a spritz of Otrivine and you should be fine.

If proper blocked nose, snotty, sneezing etc.,then surely the sensible thing would be to reschedule. More comfortable for the patient as well.

peachgreen Fri 06-Oct-17 13:27:24

A lot of dentists won't treat patients with a blocked nose (because you might not always be able to breathe through your mouth during a procedure) and most won't if you have a cold sore.

jaseyraex Fri 06-Oct-17 13:30:02

A quick check up I wouldn't imagine to be a problem but if you're getting treatment with a bad cold going on then you might struggle to breathe during it so I guess they would refuse. I'd probably reschedule.

bogofeternalstench Fri 06-Oct-17 18:27:52

I've had two teeth extracted today with a stinking cold so if it is unreasonable then I am! My dentist did ask if I wanted to reschedule but didn't raise any objections when I said I was fine to go ahead.

Just got the dry socket to look forward to now. With all the sneezing and coughing I'm doing it seems inevitable. sad

ItsOutThere Fri 06-Oct-17 20:18:54

It's so contagious and the masks don't "catch" everything. I hate it when patients turn up either a cold. I think "thanks a bunch" because I've then got it to look forward to.

ItsOutThere Fri 06-Oct-17 20:19:23

*with a cold

wifeyhun Fri 06-Oct-17 20:22:44

I cancelled my appointment with the hygienist the other day because of my cold. Can't think of nothing worse than having dental treatment all bunged up.

deepestdarkestperu Fri 06-Oct-17 20:27:14

Unless you were desperate, I wouldn’t want to go to the dentist with a cold! I can’t imagine lying back in the dentists chair with a bunged up nose being much fun for anyone.

I don’t think a dentist would be unreasonable to cancel.

LIZS Fri 06-Oct-17 20:28:15

I would cancel, unpleasant enough without a runny or stuffy nose, let alone the infectious nature of it.

HopelesslydevotedtoGu Fri 06-Oct-17 20:28:48

I would reschedule if it was a routine appointment and a bad cold.
If it was urgent, eg bad tooth ache, I would still go.
If it was just a sniffle I would still go.

NoArmaniNoPunani Fri 06-Oct-17 20:30:50

I'm a dentist. A cold wouldn't bother me. A cold sore definitely would. I had a patient once get really annoyed when I refused to treat her with a cold sore

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