When you come to your dental appointment at Cox Family Dentistry in Plano, TX, you will be asked to fill out some forms. Part of these forms asks about your medical history and what medications you might be taking. You might be wondering why we need to know these things. Well, some of the medication can interfere with some of the procedures we may be doing-especially if you are on blood thinner medication.
And, if you currently suffer from hypertension or have undergone any heart-related surgeries, you may be placed on medicine that interferes with your procedure. If you are on any anticoagulant, it is important to let Dr. Cox or our dental team know before any procedure. These types of medications could cause excess bleeding and could be detrimental to your health.
For instance, Vitamin E and Ginkgo biloba can be dangerous when taken with over-the-counter aspirin, because they all thin the blood. If the blood doesn’t clot well during a dental procedure, you could experience uncontrolled bleeding. This can lead to upsetting problems during even the most routine treatments. When you are undergoing oral surgery, however, the consequences could be deadly.
Other medications can interfere with anesthesia. Certain medications and combinations can either strengthen or weaken the effects of anesthesia. Even more, some of these medication combinations can even cause liver failure and even toxicity. If you are on a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication, it can inhibit the renal excretion of lithium, resulting in lithium toxicity. And finally, some medications can interfere with your bone density resulting in loose teeth and bone loss in your jaw.
To avoid undue complications, it’s always best to let Dr. Cox know what medications you’re taking, especially blood thinners (this includes low-dose aspirin, a common over-the-counter drug that’s often prescribed as a mild blood thinner). Depending on the procedure and your dosage, we here at Cox Family Dentistry may consult with your prescribing doctor to see if temporarily stopping the medication or reducing the dosage is an acceptable precautionary measure for your dental treatment. Knowing this information will allow us to take certain precautions during the procedure to help reduce bleeding. This is why it is important to always share your medical history with us.
It is especially important to go to your dental appointments twice a year. This way we can update your medical history and keep up-to-date with you. If it has been a while since your last dental appointment in Plano, TX, we would love to see you. Be sure to schedule your appointment today!