Regardless of how minor a dental procedure is, precaution should be taken and certain assumptions should be made. As your dentist, we need to know about your full medical history in order to be able to evaluate the outcome of the procedure as well as any foreseeable complications. These precautions and special considerations are medically necessary especially for those who have other medical conditions like the ones below and many others.
Our Glendale dentist can make specific recommendations for patients with:
Patients that are being affected by this heart valve disease sometimes require an additional antibiotic prophylaxis (or cleaning) prior to the surgery to prevent something called bacterial endocarditis. High-risk patients with this condition also include patients with shunts, congenital heart conditions, rheumatic heart disease and more.
High Blood Pressure
Hypertension or high blood pressure can be easily controlled during oral surgery. However, it is extremely important that you disclose this information to your dentist so that he or she may take the necessary precautions.
If you have Asthma and are dependent of an inhaler, we ask that you bring it with you the day of the surgery. We recommend two puffs before the procedure. Additionally, if you have severe Asthma, other precautions should be taken. Always discuss this with your dentist.
Patients on any medication
Many medications are perfectly fine to continue taking before an oral surgery. However, it is important that you tell your dentist because of the serious negative effects some medication do have with any surgical procedure. The most notable medications that have an impact include blood thinners, steroids, and bisphosphonates. These have a certain effect on the body which is why certain precautions should be taken in patients that take this medication. Some patients may even have to refrain from using them.
Whenever you start to see a new dentist, you should always disclose your full medical history because he or she will use this information in order to recommend and perform any type of dental treatment as well as assess personal risk factors for the development of diseases like oral cancer or gum disease. Even the healthiest individuals can have an increased risk of a condition simply because of family history.