I need to see a dentist for some problems I’ve been having, but have pretty substantial dental anxiety. I know I’m going to want sedation. My doctor also recently put me on anxiety medication. I’m worried if a dentist finds out he won’t let me have sedation. I don’t think I can get through an appointment without it. Is there a way I can find out what medication is used for sedation dentistry to make sure my medicine won’t interfere with it? That way I won’t have to tell the dentist and can get the sedation I need?
You’re not alone in your feelings about dental care. Many patients, even without generalized anxiety, face dental fear. There isn’t really a way to tell you what medication is used in sedation because each dentist has their own favorites. The good news is your medication won’t interfere with your ability to get your dental care with sedation.
The thing to do is make sure you bring all your medication with you to your sedation consultation. That way your dentist can review everything with you and decide if he needs to adjust to a different medication. I’m almost 100% positive they’ll be able to find a medication that works with what you already have to take.
The one thing you don’t want to do is keep information from the dentist. Heaven forbid some kind of emergency happens. You wouldn’t want him accidentally giving you something that contra-indicative to your medicines. That could be life threatening.
The other thing you don’t want to do is put this off. Dental emergencies are a lot more traumatic than regular appointments. Plus, if you have a dental infection, you don’t want to allow it to spread.
I’m confident you’ll find a dentist who can work around your meds. You may want to double check their reviews to see how they interact with patients. You’ll want someone who’s patient and explains as much as you need them too, in order to feel more peaceful.
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