I have osteoporosis and I think sedation dentistry might help me get some issues with my teeth taken care of. I’m just concerned that sedation might make my condition worse. I have difficulty sitting for extended periods, so if sedation is going to keep me in the dental chair longer than I should be, that’s a concern too. The thought of falling from being drowsy also scares me. Do patients with osteoporosis get sedation dentistry? Is there anything I need to consider before I ask for it? Valeriya
Valeriya – As you know, osteoporosis decreases bone density and makes bones very fragile. It can affect your oral health.
Osteoporosis Affects Oral Health
The disease can affect any bone in your body, including your jawbone. It creates oral health risks including:
- Decreased jawbone density and affecting the stability of your teeth.
- Triggering periodontal (gum) disease
- Increased risk of needing dentures
Sedation Dentistry Can Help
Your oral health needs more attention than usual. Sedation dentistry can help you get the dental care you need. Before you receive sedation, your dentist will determine if you’re a candidate for it.
Your medical and prescription history will be thoroughly reviewed. Your dentist may want to collaborate with your medical doctors to take necessary precautions and to determine which form of anti-anxiety medication is best for your needs. Most patients are candidates for sedation dentistry even if they have other medical conditions.
Speak with your dentist about your concerns with sitting in the chair too long. He or she will schedule multiple visits, if necessary, to ensure your comfort.
What can you expect after receiving sedation dentistry? It’s important to closely follow after care instructions to prevent injury.
- You will still be drowsy.
- The dental office should have a wheel chair ready to take you to the car. You won’t have to worry about falling and breaking fragile bones.
- You will have arranged for transportation home, and that person or another responsible adult should stay with you for the rest of the day.
- Rest in bed or on the sofa, and limit your activity around the house. Someone should assist you with necessary tasks to prevent you from falling.
Your dentist will work with your and your doctors to limit the effects of osteoporosis on your oral health. With proper screening and planning, sedation dentistry can help.
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