Rationing or skipping your prescription medication can cause an increased risk for complications or an emergency during your dental appointment. For example, if you’re suffering from hypertension and don’t take your blood pressure pills before your dental visit, the added stress that some people feel when visiting the dentist may be enough to elevate your blood pressure and cause a medical complication while you’re at the office. Diabetics must regulate their blood sugar levels with food and insulin to prevent a drop and possible fainting episode.
It’s important to not ever discontinue using any types of medication without first consulting your medical doctor. Even though some types of medications like blood thinners can cause complications during routine procedures like extractions, the benefits may not outweigh the risks. Always discuss your medication regimen with your physician and dentist first.
Let your doctor know why you’re skipping doses of medication, especially if it causes unwanted side effects or you simply cannot afford to take it on a daily basis. There is most likely another alternative that your physician can try to help you regulate your condition or give you suggestions to better control the side effects.
If you have other types of medical conditions that require you to keep medication on you (such as asthma, severe allergies, or cardiovascular disease), please always bring these medicines with you to your dental appointment. Even for routine dental appointments such as a dental checkup or cleaning, keep them within easy access and let your dentist know where they are at, should you suffer from a medical emergency. While these instances are very rare, they do occur from time to time, so it’s best to not neglect underlying health conditions even during the most routine dental care appointments.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park
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