At Snow Park Dental, your Albuquerque family dentist, Dr. Mark Miller, strives to ensure the safety and well being of our patients. For patients with heart disease, this means following strict protocols for even the most routine dental procedures. In today’s blog, Dr. Miller discusses what information heart patients should disclose to Dr. Miller before undergoing any dental procedures.
Cardiac patients should always tell Dr. Miller the exact medications and dosages they are currently taking. This information influences what kind of anesthesia can be used, and whether patients should wait before proceeding with certain dental procedures. Patients should also give Dr. Miller the name and number of their cardiologist. In addition, Dr. Miller may require paperwork detailing the state of a patient’s heart health.
Patients with congenital heart defects, artificial heart valves, a history of endocarditis, or are experiencing complications due to a transplant, may need to take premedication. When undergoing a cleaning or root canal, the bacteria levels in the bloodstream often elevate. For patients with certain heart conditions, the presence of these oral bacteria in the bloodstream can cause serious complications once they reach the heart. Always inform Dr. Miller of your heart issues before your visit.
A variety of heart disease-related conditions can necessitate unique dental care, including:
Do you have a heart condition and require dental care? Contact your family dentist today. Dr. Miller is happy to address any questions or concerns you may have. Visit our Albuquerque dentist office or call (505) 596-4479 to make an appointment. We serve patients from Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Edgewood, Corrales, Los Lumas, Tijeras, Mountain Air, Santa Fe, and Taos.
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