“I need to have some dental work done, but I’ve recently had a heart attack,” Milo said. “Previously, I used to have my South Shore dentist sedate me prior to treatment, to reduce my anxiety, but now I’m not sure that’s still an option. Can I have sedation dentistry if I have a heart condition?”
If you have any kind of cardiac concerns at all, you should definitely make sure your dentist is fully informed of them before you have any kind of treatment. Create a complete list of all of the medications you take regularly, including vitamins, supplements, herbal remedies and OTC treatments such as a daily aspirin. Your South Shore dentist needs to be fully aware of what medications are in your system before moving forward with sedation dentistry.
If you are taking anti-coagulant drugs, let your dentist know. These drugs work by inhibiting the body’s natural blood clotting mechanism. While there are certainly times when this is a very good idea that can help people live longer, healthier lives, someone who is taking anti-coagulant drugs may experience excessive bleeding during surgery. To avoid this, your dentist may alter your treatment plans, or work with your physician to explore other medication options.
Sedation dentistry involves the use of anesthesia, and some types of anesthesia contain epinephrine. If you have high blood pressure, epinephrine use may not be for you. Epinephrine can cause dangerously high blood pressure, angina, arrythmias, and even heart attacks. Your South Shore dentist can work with you to find sedation options that are safe and appropriate for you.
Having a heart condition doesn’t mean you can’t have any type of sedation dentistry – it just means you have to work very carefully with your dentist to find the appropriate medication to calm your nerves and make dental treatment less stressful and more productive.