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
It may seem like just a routine vistit to the dentist for a dental cleaning and exam, but when your dental hygienist or dentist asks you if you are on any regular medications, they are asking for a reason. Many medications that people take on a regular basis interact with other medications, and your dentist needs to know everything that is going on with you to provide the best and safest care possible for you each and every visit.
There are many things you can do to help make sure your trip to the dentist is safe and uneventful. Always share with your dentist any medications or over the counter supplements, herbals, vitamins or other products you may be taking. If you take it daily, it is worth sharing. If you occasionally take aspirin, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen for headaches or other pains, that also should be shared. Many times people think that just because it is ‘over the counter’ or a prescription is not required, you should not or do not need to share. Unfortunately, many medications interact with supplements and so your dentist needs to know everything that you may take on a regular basis.
You should also share with your dentist if you have any chronic medical conditions or diseases. Things like heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or asthma may all impact how your dental care should be performed. Your dentist will fully evaluate your conditions and determine the best and safest course of treatment when you come to visit. Never be embarrassed to share your medical history with your dentist as part of their job is to help make sure you are receiving optimal care, and they can only do that by knowing all that is going on with you.
Please know that even if you do have other conditions, all dentists have been trained and educated in emergency procedures. If an emergency were to occur while you were at the dentist, they are well prepared to handle events that occur. Sharing your medical history with your dentist will help lessen emergency events from occurring.
Posted on behalf of Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
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