“At one point in my life, I had a big issue with drugs,” Catherine said. “With a lot of work and support from my family, I’ve been able to put that behind me. But I have to be realistic and aware of what I expose myself to, because I don’t want to ever relapse. I also need to have my teeth dealt with, and I’m pretty nervous about seeing the dentist. Is sedation dentistry okay for people who have an addiction history?”
Drug abuse is a problem nationwide. Addiction impacts people everywhere, even here in Quincy, MA. Drug use can have a significant negative impact on the health of your teeth. Some of these problems can be cosmetic, while others are medical in nature, impacting your ability to chew and speak properly. This damage can be very painful. It’s important to understand that leaving severe dental issues untreated is really not a good option, as these problems can progress and really complicate your overall health.
Sedation dentistry is used to help people receive dental treatment without experiencing anxiety. When a patient has a history of substance abuse there are potential concerns regarding both addiction issues and in determining appropriate dosage amounts. The smartest, healthiest thing you can do is to be up front and honest with your dentist regarding your concerns prior to treatment. I can promise you that no ethical dentist anywhere ever wants to contribute to an addiction problem. That’s why there’s extensive work done in the field to provide appropriate medical support to patients who need anxiety control without the use of opiod medications. In order to make good treatment decisions, the dentist needs to know if the drug abuse is current or in the past, as well as the type of drugs involved. This information, like all patient treatment information, will be kept absolutely confidential, and is used to make sure all treatment options provided are appropriate for your individual situation.