Chapter 13 - Patient History (Medical history (What is the current status…
Chapter 13 - Patient History
interviewing the patient fort his or her history - usually at thr beginning of every appointment
you have to ask the patient about social history like drinking, what their chief complaint is(tooth pain, cleaning, etc), family history of any diseases and dental history
The interview process
a high level of communication is critical
ask open ended questions. This is why patients tend to tell dental professionals more than other medical professionals because we are always asking questions and making the patient feel comfortable discussing really personal information. They don't think we use the information.
Information is gained through questionnaire, a patient interview, or a combination
basic information (name, age, address, occupation), usually gained through the patient paperwork
smoking habits, drug use, martial status and stuff
What is the patient's life like outside of the dental office?
What kids of things motivate them?
What is the current status of their health?
encourage patients to describe systoms or complaints to build rapport
Ensure you get a accurate account for all patient medications. By asking questions and probing the patient, you make learn they are taking more than just they wrote on the form
Dry mouth is a common side effect of many medications, Some medications can cause tooth staining and some can cause the enlargement of the gingiva
Helps identify what diseases the patient is susceptible to
A dental history is of course important because you can identify what the state of the patient's oral cavity is
It can also help forsee how compliant the patinet will be with treatment
Dental history can influence current treatment options like the use of nitrous or management of patient anxiety