I have some dental needs which need to be dealt with. I’m not the best in the dental chair. I’d really, really like to try it with dental sedation, but am concerned that having osteoporosis will not allow me to. Will that be a problem? I’m afraid I am putting this off for too long and now there’s going to be a problem.
I’m glad you see the importance of getting this dealt with. Continually putting off much needed dental care always ends up in a dental emergency. Then, you’re talking about much more expensive and invasive treatment, along with less control over who does the procedure and whether or not any help is available.
Dental sedation is a great solution for patients in your situation. You need a lot of work done and you aren’t fond of the dentist…any dentist. This allows you to get more work done in each sitting, while you just lay back and relax. Most patients just sleep through their dental work, especially getting oral conscious sedation.
Having osteoporosis doesn’t keep you from getting the sedation you want. It will just require a couple of extra precautions.
Dental Sedation and Osteoporosis
Your dentist should do a consult with you going over your medical history before moving forward. At this appointment, you’ll want to bring a list of all medications, including over-the-counter meds. In addition, give your dentist the name and number of your doctor who handles your osteoporosis. This way he can get up to date on your treatment.
One thing to be aware of is that you’ll be unsteady on your feet. While the dental staff will bring you to your car using a wheelchair, given the fragility of your bones you will not want to risk a fall. You may want to rent a wheelchair for just that day.
Also, make sure the person who is helping through the afternoon is aware of your medical situation so they know they’ll need to help you in and out of the wheelchair. I’d plan on spending the afternoon on the couch napping, reading, and binge-watching your favorite program.
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