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Old 10-05-2011, 10:45
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Simple question, got an appointment later and really irritating cough. Its not too bad but with the stress and the 'need' to not cough whilst 'in the chair' i imagine its going to be a lot worse!

Want to cancel, but also want to get it out of the way!!

Anyone had this dilemma?
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Old 10-05-2011, 11:15
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I've asked the dentist if I should attend an appointment when I had a cold, and the answer was yes. Apparently the masks they wear prevent them from catching anything.
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Old 10-05-2011, 11:18
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have you rung the surgery for advice?
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Old 10-05-2011, 11:22
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Cheers for that - not rung yet because I imagine they will say yes, (the germs side of things - them being mask-protected) but it was more my embarrasment that I wouldn't be able to stop myself coughing mid-exam!

Hoping I suppose someone would tell me to cancel!
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Old 10-05-2011, 11:25
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I would just explain.. say you've got an annoying cough and agree for you to raise your hand or something if you really need to cough and they'll let you sit up and cough.
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Old 10-05-2011, 12:13
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I cancelled my appointment when I had a cold and cough, mainly because the bit I hate in the dentist chair is the feeling of needing to swallow and/or cough when you can't, so it would of been hell for me! I also don't think its that nice for the dentist to have to do it when your full of germs (even if they are used to it and can't catch anything!)
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Old 10-05-2011, 12:24
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If I was having anything done then I'd rearrange the appt but only because its a little uncomfortable at the best of times, trying not to swallow in mid drill, and stuff. If its just for a check up or xray though Id still go.
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Old 10-05-2011, 12:49
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thanks for those thoughts guys. I'm dreading needing to cough at some inopportune moment, but I've been dreading it all week already so don't want to put it off I'll tell them when i get there and then hopefully they will go easy on me
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Old 10-05-2011, 13:12
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Simple question, got an appointment later and really irritating cough. Its not too bad but with the stress and the 'need' to not cough whilst 'in the chair' i imagine its going to be a lot worse!

Want to cancel, but also want to get it out of the way!!

Anyone had this dilemma?
Hmm.... tricky one, I've had this problem in the past aswell, once or twice.

you basically have 2 options:

-go to the dentist, and tell the dentist, be honest and upfront that you have a bad cough.

-or simply phone up, cancel your appointment, tell the receptionist on the phone, you cannot stop coughing, and they will re-schedule your appointment.
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Old 10-05-2011, 14:37
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My wife is in dentistry and she hates it when people come in with colds & coughs, she would prefer it if people would cancel and re-book.

As for a having a cough, would suggest re-booking as you wouldn't want to cough in the middle of dentist drilling your tooth and drill goes elsewhere as a result.
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Old 10-05-2011, 14:40
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Suck a sore throat lozenge before your appointment: that should stop the urge to cough for a while at least. Good luck!
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Old 10-05-2011, 15:04
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My wife is in dentistry and she hates it when people come in with colds & coughs, she would prefer it if people would cancel and re-book.

As for a having a cough, would suggest re-booking as you wouldn't want to cough in the middle of dentist drilling your tooth and drill goes elsewhere as a result.
See thats what I think too - it must be horrid to be coughed on, see up someones snotty nose etc etc.
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Old 10-05-2011, 15:06
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Following from the lozenge idea, there's something you can get over the counter at a pharmacy, I think it's called tyrosets or something. They come in a small orange plastic tube. They're chewable and numb your throat for a bit, I'd recommend asking for these at your local pharmacy and taking one before your appointment.
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