Make sure you fully understand the planned procedure; don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Knowing all the relevant information is part of informed clinical consent. Your dentist/doctor will ask you to sign a consent form.
You should also ask about:
- The likely out-of-pocket medical expenses. (Your dentist/doctor should be able to give you a breakdown of any costs you'll incur – this is known as Informed Financial Consent.)
- Follow-up appointments (write down any questions or concerns you want to discuss with your doctor)
Most medication should be taken as usual, but some may interfere with the procedure. Your doctor will let you know which medication (if any) you should stop. This could include:
- Aspirin (or any related products)
- Blood thinners (warfarin, heparin)
- Arthritis medication
- Pain medication
- Insulin, and iron preparations
- Bisphophonates – these drugs are taken for the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis. There is a link (not yet fully understood) between osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) and bisphosphonate usage. It’s important to tell your dentist if you’re taking this group of drugs
Minimise your out-of-pocket costs
Ask your specialists whether they'll participate in HCF's gap arrangements.