Disclosure of medication to dentist can save a patient’s life
Like other kinds of cells, immune cells lose the ability to divide as they age because a part of their chromosomes known as a telomere becomes progressively shorter with cell division. As a result, the cell changes in many ways, and its disease fighting ability is compromised. But a new UCLA AIDS Institute study has
Full Post: Astragalus root plant chemical used to fight HIV
Do you regularly take aspirin or antiplatelet medications? Do you know whether or not these drugs should be stopped before dental procedures or surgeries?
According to a study published in the May/June issue of General Dentistry, the clinical, peer-reviewed journal of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), stopping antiplatelet medications prior to a surgical procedure places a patient at greater risk of permanent disability or death.
The probability of a patient bleeding depends on the over-the-counter and/or prescribed drug or combinations of drugs.
“A thorough drug history should be reviewed prior to any procedures,” notes Mary Aubertin, DMD, lead author of the study. Dr. Aubertin recommends that the dentist and patient start with a simple discussion. “The dentist and the patient should discuss the risks and benefi ts of treatment with or without the drugs versus no treatment and include the patient’s physician’s opinion in the decision making process. This will allow everyone involved to understand and prevent medical risks.”
Fortunately, due to the prevalence of this type of medication, dentists are prepared to treat these situations. According to AGD spokesperson Carolyn Taggart-Burns, DDS, “excessive bleeding is a major concern with many dental procedures due to the extensive prescribing of blood thinners in America. Heart disease is so prevalent that many patients are on these drugs, which can complicate even the simplest procedure.” Dr. Taggart-Burns reminds patients that it is very important “to communicate medical history with your dentist so that they can provide the best care possible.”
What happens after a procedure is also important to the dentist. Patients who experience excessive bleeding or bruising after the surgery, in spite of applying pressure to the site with wet gauze or a wet tea bag for 20-30 minutes, should contact the dentist for evaluation and treatment.
“Informing the dentist of medical issues is the first step. Working with the patient’s physician and the patient to develop a plan is also important. Last, staying healthy is the best way to have a successful procedure,” says Dr. Taggart-Burns.
What you should do before a dental procedure:
- Schedule a consultation with the dentist
- Disclose all prescribed and over-the-counter medicines to your dentist
- Disclose your medical history and concerns
- Discuss the risks and benefits of treatment with or with out the drugs
- Ask the dentist if they have an office emergency plan
Researchers at the University Of Southern California, School Of Dentistry release results of clinical data that links oral bisphosphonates to increased jaw necrosis. The study is among the first to acknowledge that even short-term use of common oral osteoporosis drugs may leave the jaw vulnerable to devastating necrosis, according to the report appearing in the
Full Post: Oral bisphosphonates linked to increased jaw necrosis
You see it in movies or while viewing your favorite sitcom; a scene at the doctor’s office where the character inevitably gets a little woozy which leads to a fainting spell. It may seem funny when watching it all unfold on television, but according to a study in the May/June 2008 issue of General Dentistry,
Full Post: Vasovagal syncope - most common emergency situation in the dental office
Plavix is an effective drug given for the preventing blood clots after a heart attack. The drug is also given to persons with certain disorders of the blood vessels. The drug has to be taken with food or in empty stomach. Plavix should have to be taken with a full glass of water. Once you are
Full Post: Prevent strokes and heart attacks with Plavix
Surgeons in the United States have carried out America’s first face transplant at a clinic in Cleveland, Ohio where a woman has had 80% of her face replaced with that of a deceased female donor. The operation which was conducted by reconstructive surgeon Dr. Maria Siemionow along with a team of seven other doctors, is
Full Post: American surgeons carry out first U.S. face transplant
Individuals reporting a history of periodontal disease were more likely to have increased levels of inflammation, a risk factor for heart disease, compared to those who reported no history of periodontal disease, according to an American Journal of Cardiology report available online today. Led by investigators from Columbia University Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, the
Full Post: Presence of gum disease may help dentists and physicians identify risk of cardiovascular disease