It’s Necessary!

Author: Kimberly N. Powell, DDS, MS, FAGD

We understand that most people do not like coming to the dentist. We are also aware of the number of forms that our patients are required to complete. However daunting, we want you to know that it’s necessary. One document that protects the patient’s health information and gives directives regarding to whom that information can be shared is the HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) form. This form ensures the patient that only the person or entity that they denote on the form can be informed of their care. In order to treat our patient’s properly, a detailed medical and dental history is needed. This form is extensive, but the more we know about past dental and medical history, the better we can personalize a patient’s care, and be sure that we do no harm. We pay attention to the whole body. Patients who are uncontrolled diabetics, have had recent joint replacements, take certain medications, experienced a recent stroke or heart attack, etc., must be cared for differently than patients with no existing medical conditions, this can mean the difference between an expected outcome at the dental appointment or an extremely serious complication. So, as thorough as you can be, be as thorough as you can be, so we can give you the very best care!