Contraindications for Oral Conscious Sedation

The Right Treatment for the Right Patient

Before prescribing a course of oral sedation for any patient, Dr. Denes takes a thorough medical history. Sometimes, oral sedation is simply not a good option as it could be harmful to a patient’s health.

When Oral May Not be the Right Solution

Every patient is different, and Dr. Denes will evaluate each case on an individual basis. Before treating patients with any of the conditions below, he’ll consult with the patient’s physician before deciding if oral sedation is a safe option. If ever there is a question about whether or not a patient’s health will be jeopardized, Dr. Denes will take a conservative approach and will not prescribe oral sedatives. Common conditions that contraindicate with oral sedation include:

•       Patients who are pregnant or nursing (because medication may be passed on to the fetus, or through breast milk)

•       Patients with high blood pressure

•       Patients with diabetes

•       Patients with glaucoma or myasthenia gravis (nerve diseases of the eye) patients

•       Patients with kidney or liver disease

•       Patients with breathing disorders including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, emphysema, or bronchitis

•       Patients with congestive heart failure

•       Patients taking medications for depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder

More on High Blood Pressure

While patients with high blood pressure are at increased risk of complications resulting from visiting the dentist, regular dental care is especially important for these patients. Some blood-pressure medications have side effects that can be detrimental to oral health. These side effects include dry mouth and the overgrowth of gum tissues.

With careful planning and monitoring, and input from their medical doctors, many high-blood pressure patients can safely receive oral sedation. Even if oral sedation is deemed too risky, high-blood pressure patients should not view that as an excuse not to visit the dentist. Breathing exercises and cognitive behavioral therapy can help you manage dental anxiety levels.

Afraid of the Dentist? We Can Change That.

Using safe, effective sedation dentistry, Fresno general dentist Dr. Alex Denes can calm even the most fearful or nervous patients, so they are able to move forward with preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dental care. If you or someone you love is afraid of the dentist, contact our Fresno dentist office at (559) 297-1800 to schedule an appointment. Fresno Dental Studio proudly serves patients in Fresno and surrounding areas including Clovis, Madera, and Sanger.