There are densists out there that specialize i hep c patients,,,,OR...you can just go to regular denstist and keep yopur mouth shut....choice is yours.
I always felt an obligation to be honest and I think everyone with HCV should tell anyone that could be infected about the danger. I was always honest with any dentist and managed to get excellent dental care over the years.
Don't sweat it. Doctors and dentists know how to deal with it. Most importantly, they work for you. You are paying their salary while they work. You should demand the best care and don't feel ashamed about anything.
As Rocker says, the choice is yours....but I always tell all my health care providers I have HCV. Although all health care providers in the US are required to use standard precautions (thus treating every client as if they could have a communicable disease by wearing gloves, careful handwashing, sterilizing reusable equipment, etc), still it seems my responsibility to provide that information, since my blood is contagious.
I currently see a periodontist who has replaced several fillings, pulled a tooth to place a bridge, etc, and I get my teeth cleaned every 3 months; there has been no conversation about my HCV, although I did provide that information in my initial health history.
Maybe you could just call your medical doctor, and ask if he/she has any specific recommendations for dental work for people with HCV. Then maybe you could screen your next choice of dentist by phone. At least you'd be able to tell him/her that you have spoken to your doctor first. I'm not aware of any recommendations for HCV pts to get antibiotics before dental tx, and this has never been required of me (and I've been + for 12 years, and gotten regular dental care (at least every 6 months) this whole time.
I have also experienced that frustration of feeling judged when I told someone about my HCV. Even though I never injected drugs, there is a stigma associated with this disease, and I'm sorry your dental experiences have reflected that. A good and educated dentist and dental staff should know how to protect themselves against all blood-borne diseases, and should take the proper precautions to do so. My hygienist wears a face-mask and goggles and gloves, and I do not begrudge her these protections in any way. In fact, if someone begins to draw my blood without gloves on, I tell them to wear gloves please.
So take a deep breath, begin with the knowledge that you are deserving of excellent dental care, and find a dentist who will work for and with you. I wish you the best of luck in pursuing this for yourself!
I would just do the "I have a friend thing"
I mainly say that bcz I have 2 avenues of where I think I got it. , and one is through dental work, and nobody there warned me!!!
Should you bare your soul to these people.? Hah they may charge you more money too.! I don't mean to be negative ...but just do what you have to do to take care of yourself.! of course - not to put anyone else in jeopardy of contracting hep c either, but I think we probably care more than they do. Just get your teeth fixed.!!!
I have had some eye opening experiences with medical people over the last few years...you have to be seriously proactive in your own health care these days.
I think most medical people are so over loaded with people, and pain in the butt people, that they just can only handle so much... I don't expect any cushy care from any health care people at all any more.
So my vote - is to only tell whom you have to tell.
all the best
exactly why I would never tell my dentist or anyone not close to me. real shame but this is the stigma attached to this disease. any good dentist should be practicing the ADA standard protocol that is to protect you and themselves from hepatitis, hiv, etc
Very early on I felt a compulsion to tell people like Dentists I had HCV . From experiences like yours, I am over that compulsion now and only disclose on a need to know basis, i.e. where I feel the need for them to know :) Dentists and all medical professionals are supposed to take universal precautions to protect all of us from those with HIV, HCV and who knows what else walks into the office on probably a daily basis. It's a shame you had to subject yourself to the stupidity of this dentist. Do yourself a favor and don't expose yourself to the stupdity of another. Hopefully most dentists know how to clean and fix teeth. Many don't know any more about Hep C than they do about brain surgery.
It all depends on the dentist I guess. I decided to tell mine (before I was SVR). No issues at all, they didn't even blink, and proceeded to remove three wisdom teeth and replace a half dozen filings.
I felt better telling - I mean, if your dentist reacts stupidly and ignorantly, perhaps thats not someone you want working on your teeth?
I'm for telling anyone who may be exposed to my blood. I had spine surgery a few months before starting treatment, and I told my surgeon right away that I had Hep C. He had a right to know so he could take extra steps to protect himself. Also, he had a right to refuse to treat me, so he needed the facts.
It's true that we're all supposed to practice universal precautions, but knowing someone has a blood-borne communicable disease makes me extra careful with every incision I make and every stitch I place. I always take care to let the scrub nurse know that I'm placing a needle or blade on the mayo stand, but I'm even more cautious when I know the patient has hep C or any other thing that might infect me or the O.R. staff.
As for the feelings of shame that go along with having Hep C, you're not alone. Many of us had or have to face that. For myself, I just don't give a damn about that. Then again, everyone probably assumes it was from a needle stick anyway, so I would be more likely to be seen as unfortunate rather than a bad person. I didn't tell anyone at work mainly because I didn't want people constantly asking me how I was doing. I also might have faced discrimination despite the CDC and American College of Surgeons recommendations that surgeons with Hep C should face no restrictions in practice and that they need not inform their patients.
Just me two cents.
Facta non Verba
You did the right thing and I hope you continue to do so..I certainly, in clear conscience could not place having my feelings hurt, above the possibility of infecting another person with the virus. I mean my goodness, especailly at a dentist office, or where ever any chances off blood exposure are possible, how could you not inform, and still sleep well at night?
Best of luck on your decision, I did tell my dentist and all other medical professionals...only others I informed were my immediate family.
If they don't ask, I don't tell. Heathcare provider or not and I do sleep well.
Interesting.......so let's look at pitter's case, to quote her
"I mainly say that bcz I have 2 avenues of where I think I got it. , and one is through dentalDental cavities Tooth abscess work, and nobody there warned me!!! "
Let's say, for the sake of argument pitter did get infected at the dentist's office, and let's say you just happened to have the appointment just prior to her visit and infact through you, she did contract hcv...My belief is, that dentist may have taken extra precautions as a result of your devulging your infection, hell, that is human nature...sorry, I'm not going to take that chance..Cripes, I'm svr and still wouldn't let someone take a splinter out of my finger, I'm just not willing to that chance. To each their own I reckon , sleep well.
I informed my dentist and staff for their benefit as well as mine. If it's one less chance of someone else accidentally contracting HCV, it's worth it to me. And now if I need any dental work done during tx, they're aware of any challenges I may present with lowered platelets, depressed immune system and possible drug interactions.