I’d really like to see a sedation dentist, but I’m worried about potential complications. I have osteoporosis, which has affected my whole body. My oral health has plummeted and my teeth are always uncomfortable. I need to get them taken care of, but I’m so sensitive that I don’t know if I can sit through all that treatment. I believe that if I see a sedation dentist, I’ll be comfortable enough to sit through the procedures. However, my concerns regarding this are twofold. First, does having osteoporosis prevent me from seeing a sedation dentist for any reason? Secondly, I am very at-risk for breaking bones. Is there worry that I may be injured during treatment? Will I be safe to walk after treatment? I cannot risk a fall.
It sounds like a sedation dentist is exactly who you need to see. You are absolutely right in that this will make it much easier for you to get treatment and it may even reduce the number of visits you need to have.
As far as osteoporosis precluding you from treatment goes, it probably will not. The sedation dentist that you visit will want to get your full medical history, including any relevant test results, and a full list of your medications. He may want to speak to other physicians that are treating you, just to clarify your status and ensure that all necessary precautions are made. So, although there may be extra steps involved before you can start treatment, you should be just fine getting started.
Following treatment, you will be tipsy. Most dental offices keep a wheelchair on hand to help patients out to the car after treatment, just to avoid potential falls. You will need to have someone drive you home and stay with you throughout the day. Even under ordinary circumstances, patients are advised to rest after treatment. It’s a good day to stay in bed or on the sofa and watch movies or sleep until the medications are out of your system. In your situation, it will be imperative that you heed this advice. You’ll also want to be sure that the person you choose to stay with you is really dedicated to the job because they will need to be with you the whole time and seeing to your needs, so you don’t have to get up for anything and that you are escorted if you do need to get up.
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