I need to see a sedation dentist, but when I call to try and schedule a consultation with an office, I’m finding that some won’t take me because I am on medications for depression and anxiety. I’m thinking about trying to research drug reactions first instead of telling the next dentist up-front. I want to find someone that will help me — not tell me they can’t treat me and push me off on someone else. Help! — Steven
Researching sedation dentistry drugs on your own is really not going help you because dentists select medications based on their personal philosophy, past experience with patients who have used the drug, and of course, each patient’s unique needs and medical history. There’s no way for you to guess what medications might be used.
But here’s the good news… your situation is not unusual and doctors treat anxious patients everyday who are just like you – with either specific dental phobias or generalized anxiety and already take something to help with it.
You absolutely need to take a full list of your medications to your consultation. Be specific on the amounts you take and when because you want to avoid an overdose or contraindications. With this information, the doctor can then determine which medications will be best for your situation. If, for some reason, he/she can’t help you, they should be able to refer you to someone who can so you don’t have to bounce around from office to office.
If you have time, you could see if it’s possible to fax or send the list to the office ahead of time. The staff can review it and let you know up-front if they can treat you or not and then you won’t waste an appointment. In all likelihood, however, the office will probably give you a green light to come in for the consultation and the doctor will go over your treatment options then and there. Good luck!
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