Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment.
What you can do
Before your appointment, make a list of:
- Any symptoms you're experiencing, including any that may seem unrelated to the reason for your appointment.
- Key personal information, including any major stresses or recent life changes, which may contribute to dry mouth.
- All prescribed medications, vitamins, other supplements and over-the-counter medications you're taking, including the dosages.
- Questions to ask your doctor or dentist.
For dry mouth, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:
- What is likely causing my symptoms?
- What are other possible causes?
- What kinds of tests do I need?
- Is my condition likely temporary or long term (chronic)?
- What is the best course of action?
- What are the alternatives to the primary approach you're suggesting?
- I have other health conditions. How can I best manage them together?
- Are there any restrictions that I need to follow?
- Should I see a specialist?
- Is there a generic alternative to the medicine you're prescribing?
- Are there any brochures or other printed material that I can have? What websites do you recommend?
Don't hesitate to ask any other questions you have.
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor or dentist is likely to ask you several questions. Being ready to answer them may reserve time to go over any points you want to spend more time on. Your doctor or dentist may ask:
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- When did you start experiencing symptoms?
- Have your symptoms been continuous or occasional?
- Have you started taking any new medications recently?
- Do you smoke or chew tobacco?
- How much alcohol do you drink?
- Does anything improve your symptoms or stimulate saliva flow?
- What, if anything, appears to worsen your symptoms?
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