Why Should I Inform My Dentist About My Medical History?


Regular visits to the dentist’s office are essential for diagnosing, treating and preventing dental problems. The dental professional helps you to maintain your oral health and hygiene by detecting the problems early. They can provide preventive care and suggest lifestyle changes to ensure your oral health and well-being.

While you are at the dentist, It is crucial to provide them with your medical history to receive bespoke dental care. Many people are unaware that there is a strong connection between your dental health and general well-being. Many dental treatments can affect your health if you are already on certain medications or have certain pre-existing health conditions. Disclosing your medical history with your dentist will prevent health risks and allow the dentist to find an alternative treatment. Let us learn further about the link between medical history and oral health and why you must inform your dentist about it.

A] Medical History And Dental Care

Medical history provides the dentist with all the information about the medicines and treatments you have been taking or have taken in the past. This is because certain treatments and medications can affect your oral health and cause problems like tooth decay and dry mouth. Dentists can recognise these symptoms and provide appropriate treatment.

On the other hand, certain dental treatments can interfere with ongoing treatments for other health conditions. The dentist can recommend alternative treatments or advise you to not go through with the dental treatments. The dentists would also refrain from prescribing medicine that would make the conditions worse or put the patient’s well-being at risk.

It is also important to provide your complete medical history from the past as well as the present. Even if you have informed the dentist about your medication history during your first visit, you must make sure to keep them updated about all of your conditions and medications since then. This can prevent the risk of accidentally making your conditions worse, and ensure the treatment is tailored for your health needs.

B] Risk Assessment

Risk assessment refers to the process of evaluating the patient’s conditions, medication and health risks and how the required dental treatment could affect them. A thorough risk assessment is essential to optimise the care provided to the patient and ensure safety. Seemingly healthy patients must also be evaluated for chronic issues that could interfere with dental treatment.

It is the responsibility of the dentist to ensure that the procedure will have no adverse side effects on the patient’s health. However, the patient must also cooperate and should not hide any medical conditions from the dentist.

Risk management aims to provide comprehensive and safe dental treatment to the patient without precipitating health risks. A complete risk assessment helps the dentist understand conditions like excessive bleeding risks, anxiety and stress, infection risks, and medication that affects anaesthesia. These issues can complicate even the simplest dental procedures for adults as well as children. An experienced and acclaimed family dentist in Sunshine Coast can help you guide through these processes and ensure your and your family’s wellness.

If you are looking for a family dentist in Sunshine Coast, our guide for finding the perfect family dentist can help you make the right decision.

C] Importance Of Medical History Of A Patient For The Dentist

1. Medications And Allergies

Providing your medical list of treatments and conditions to the dentist will inform them about your conditions from the past and present. The dentist should also be informed about your allergies. Certain medications and allergies can interfere with the dentist’s treatment causing more problems for the patient in the long run.

A dentist aims to provide holistic treatments which solve the patient’s problems effectively. Certain medications used for dental procedures can interfere with the effects of other medicines that you use for treating any other health conditions you may have. An experienced dentist will understand this and suggest alternative techniques or medicine for the procedure.

Materials used in dental procedures like crowns and fillings can also trigger allergic reactions and require specialised materials. Informing your dentist about your allergies can ensure a safe and effective dental experience.

2. Health Conditions

If the patient suffers from pre-existing health conditions, the dentist might coordinate with the patient’s physician to ensure the treatment offered is safe. Many health conditions make it difficult to perform safe and effective surgeries and procedures. The medicines generally prescribed might also not be suited to the patient and must be given alternatives. Here are some health conditions and how they affect dental treatment:

  • Blood Pressure: If the patient suffers from very high blood pressure, the risk of stroke and heart attack is increased. Dentists must check the patient’s blood pressure before any procedure.
  • Diabetes: It is important to monitor and manage your blood sugar level before a procedure to reduce the risk of accidental health complications.
  • Pregnancy: The dentist must be made aware of your state of pregnancy and any prenatal vitamins and medicines. The patient must also refrain from undergoing an X-ray.
  • Sleep Apnea: Patients with sleep apnea require special methods to keep their airways open while under anaesthesia. If appropriate measures are not taken, the patient can be at risk of choking while unconscious.
  • Dry Mouth: Dry mouth (lack of saliva produced) can lead to forming cavities and other serious problems. It can be caused by various reasons like radiation therapy and chain smoking. If you are interested to learn more about the health effects of smoking, you can refer to our detailed blog about the long-term and short-term effects of smoking.

These are some of the health conditions which the dentist must be aware of before the procedure or could result in fatal tragedy. Of course, there are many major and minor health issues which could grow exponentially if the dentist is not made aware of them.

3. Communication And Trust

Providing your medical records to your dentist can build better trust and reliability. It helps the doctor to understand your medical condition and provide a better treatment solution. Communicating with your dentist about your issues can ensure the treatment is personalised and offers a better quality of life experience.

Some patients are concerned about their condition’s anonymity while sharing it with a doctor. The medical data that you share with a dentist is secure and kept private and is not shared with anyone without your knowledge. Dentists ensure that they communicate effectively with their patients and make them aware of alternative treatments which suit their needs.

Knowing about alternative treatment options can help you to make better decisions and even reduce expenses. A dentist with whom you have built good relations can also guide you through the various payment options according to your needs. If you are looking to explore the various payment and insurance options, you can refer to our Sunshine Coast payment options & dental insurance guide.


Dentists require a medical history for dental patients to provide safe and effective dental care. Patients must make sure to provide the dentist with complete detail of their medical conditions, medication, allergies and treatments. This will help the dentist to provide bespoke treatment to the patient that does not affect their ongoing treatment or make their conditions worse.

The patient must also take the initiative to communicate clearly and build trust. Your oral health can affect your general well-being and vice versa, hence, you must explain your medical history in detail to your dentist.

In case you are looking for a dentist in Sunshine Coast, Oris Dental can be an exceptional choice for ensuring holistic dental care for the entire family. Book an appointment with us at the earliest!

Dr. Adarsh Pisharodi - Dentist at Oris Dental

Dr. Adarsh Pisharodi

Dr. Adarsh Pisharodi, serving as the principal dentist at Oris Dental, brings a wealth of expertise spanning over 26 years to his esteemed practice. Specializing in cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and orthodontics, he takes immense pride in rejuvenating countless smiles and instilling confidence in Sunshine Coast residents. As an esteemed member of the Australian Dental Association and esteemed dental societies, he remains steadfast in delivering exceptional care to his patients.


Dr. Adarsh Pisharodi

Dr. Adarsh Pisharodi, serving as the principal dentist at Oris Dental, brings a wealth of expertise spanning over 26 years to his esteemed practice. Specializing in cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and orthodontics, he takes immense pride in rejuvenating countless smiles and instilling confidence in Sunshine Coast residents. As an esteemed member of the Australian Dental Association and esteemed dental societies, he remains steadfast in delivering exceptional care to his patients.

Adarsh (Principal Dentist)


Adarsh (A-Dash) is the principal dentist at Oris Dental. Adarsh graduated as a dentist in 1996 from the University of Mumbai (Bombay, India). He entered private practice as an assistant dentist in one of the leading practices in Mumbai from 1996-2002. The practice offered all aspects of dentistry with the exception of Orthodontics. This prompted Adarsh to pursue a post graduate degree in Orthodontics and successfully completed the 3 year Full time the master’s program from University of Mumbai (Bombay, India) in 2005. Since then, Adarsh has been in private practice both as a general dentist and an orthodontist. He also served as teaching faculty at University in Mumbai for 3 yrs and when in India, he has been ‘the dentist’ to many dentists!! In 2008, Adarsh took the Australian Dental Council exam for direct recognition of his skill in Australia. He successfully completed the exams in the first attempt and moved to Australia early 2009. He has been in private practice in Australia since Jan 2009. Oris Dental was set up in Minyama in 2011. Oris Dental is now over 8 years old and is growing to be a well-respected practice in the area. He is particularly interested in Cosmetic dentistry Dental implants and Orthodontics. Adarsh hopes to use all the experience he has gained in the past 22 years, to offer the best in dentistry to all his patients in this practice. Adarsh believes in spreading smiles and has successfully designed smiles and in doing so improved the lives and self-confidence of many Sunshine Coast locals (Take a look at our Smile gallery!). Adarsh is an active member of the Australian Dental Association since 2009 He held the post of Senior Lecturer in Orthodontics in Mumbai University before moving to Australia. He is a Life member of the Indian Dental Association, serving as the General Secretary of the Association (Mumbai City Chapter) 2007-2009 He is Life member of the Indian Orthodontic Society. He is Candidate for Membership Examination MRACDS (Ortho) and plans to complete his membership exams soon. Adarsh is also currently pursuing his Diploma in Implant dentistry at the Royal College of Surgeons(Edinburgh). Adarsh has recently complete intensive training in implant placement and restoration in Neoss and TRI (Swiss) Implant system. He is married to Prachi for 15yrs and they have a 11 yr old son – Aarjav, a little daughter Aria who has just started prep and Daisy the mad Lab pup! He is currently learning to play Tennis and Badminton and loves watching the cricket!

Prachi (Owner/ Dentist)


Prachi is the director, part time dentist at Oris Dental. Prachi graduated in 2002 from Nair hospital dental college, Mumbai (Bombay, India), one of the leading dental schools in Asia. She then worked in multiple private practices across Mumbai (Bombay, India). While working as a dentist in various practices she picked up the positives from them and implemented them into this practice at Oris Dental. She is very friendly by nature and is particularly good at handling children, preventive dentistry and hygiene. Prachi moved to Australia in 2009. Prachi has there on completed her Australian Dental council exams successfully in early 2011 and is now ready to bring in her 12 years of experience to Oris Dental. Prachi also serves as a part time dentist at the Oral Health Services Sunshine Coast in Caloundra Kawana and Nambour as needed.

Davina (Dentist)


Davina has been a part of our family since 2014. After completing her bachelor’s degree from the University of Queensland, Davina has been in private practice in an around the Sunshine coast for a year before joining us full time. Davina shows exemplary skills in building a great relationship and rapport with her patients and is well regarded by her peers. Davina is very highly regarded by her current patients. Davina currently works 3 days a week.

Lise Slack (Dental Hygienist)

Lise Stack

Our dental hygienist Lise Slack is a trained member of the dental team who works together with your dentist in preventing gum diseases and dental decay.

Lise joined OrisDental in 2015 and has worked extensively in private specialist practices. She graduated from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa in 1982 and has had specific training and exposure to an extensive range of periodontal conditions and treatment modalities.

Lise’s dad was a professor in dentistry and this is where her love of teeth comes from. She has invented two specialist oral care products which are available in Australia and several international countries. Lise has also lectured at international dental conferences on the maintenance of dental implants and how to help patients care for their teeth once they have contracted periodontitis.

Both adults and children can benefit from having an appointment with a dental hygienist as they are taught how dental diseases occur and how it can be prevented or managed.

Lise is married to Sam and they have two daughters. They value their family time and love adventurous outdoor sports.

Jesse (Dental Assistant)

Jesse (Dental Assistant)

Jess has been a part of Oris Dental from the outset in 2011. Always cheerful and welcoming Jess is the star amongst our patients at our practice. If you cannot find Jess in the practice she will be at the beach!


Kaela (Receptionist)

Debra (Receptionist)

Kaela arrived at our practice in early 2021. Coming from eight years of retail experience in Northern NSW, she loves working with people and assisting in any way she can. Kaela has also just finished her training as a dental assistant. You will immediately fall in love with her happy, bubbly personality.

Abby (Sr. Dental Assistant)

Abby (Dental Assistant)

Abby is originally from Hervey Bay, but she has been calling the Sunshine Coast home with her husband and two kids for the past four and a half years. Abby completed her cert III in dental assisting in 2015 and is looking to further her studies In the near future. Abby enjoys camping, playing guitar, and travelling
the world with her family.

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    Dr. Param Dass

    Dr. Param Dass

    Param Dass graduated with a Bachelor in Dentistry from the University of Otago, NZ in 2005. He went on to complete his Bachelor in Medicine from the University of Auckland NZ in 2010.

    Param started working part time in our practice since 2015 with special interest in surgical procedures including Dental implants and bone grafting procedures, Surgical extractions including Wisdom teeth and other minor surgical procedures.

    Param is well known for being gentle and caring in treating patients with dental anxiety and maintains a calm demeanour.

    He is also well trained in working with patients with various levels of anxiety, offering dental treatment under Happy Gas, Twilight sedation or under Full general anaesthetic.

    Dr. Brayden Fracchia

    Dr. Brayden Fracchia

    Brayden hails from North Queensland, having completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery at JCU Cairns, practicing in Hobart and outreach dentistry from Mount Isa over the course of his studies. He has worked with us since 2020. Brayden enjoys becoming a part of a community and enjoys the outdoors and sport in his spare
    time. Having only recently moved to the beautiful Sunshine Coast, Brayden is enthusiastic and well versed in all aspects of basic general dentistry and looks forward to bringing North Queensland hospitality to the South East.



    Briar stated off as a trainee dental assistant in our practice mid-2020. She is the youngest member of our practice and is rapidly becoming an integral part of team Oris. Briar completed her Certificate 3 in our practice in 2021 and works full time Dental assistant at Oris Dental.



    Drew is Oris Dental’ newest member, who has only recently moved from his hometown of Rockhampton. He is our Oral Health Therapist, who specializes in oral health education, general check-ups, fillings and more!
    He loves a good chat and a laugh at work. He prioritizes patient’s comfort and likes to encourage an environment where everyone feels a sense of security and safety in the dental setting. When Drew isn’t at work you’ll find him having a refreshing swim at the beach or having his usual dirty chai at his local cafe.



    Jasmine joined our practice in November 2021 and works with our Oral Health Therapist Drew. Jasmine is new to dental assistance, however is quickly taking on any and all challenges that come her way! She loves animals, and spending quality time with her husband and two kids. Welcome to the team!



    Brooke is originally from Brisbane but has been living on the coast since 2017. She brings over 15 years of experience in the dental industry and has had the opportunity to work in London and Melbourne for the Royal Flying Doctors. Brooke enjoys surfing, scuba diving and exploring the many things that the Sunny Coast has to offer.

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