Medicines which affect Dental Treatment

1100 – 1200

Medicines are a part of everyday life for most Australians. Whether they are prescription or non-prescription drugs, vitamins or herbal remedies, medicines of all kinds can impact on oral health and the outcome of dental treatment in many ways. There are three types of medicines that OHPs need to consider in assessing a dental patient: the medicines the patient is already on, the medicines used during the procedure including sedation and local anaesthetics, and medicines recommended for use after the procedure particularly analgesia or antimicrobials. Effects on dental treatment include increased risk of bleeding and infection, impaired wound healing and escalated risk of ONJ as well as patient effects such as risk of hypotension, adrenal insufficiency or hypoglycaemia during the procedure. Accurate assessment of patient medicines must be based on a comprehensive medication history which will be demonstrated in this talk. Up-to-date drug information resources will also be discussed.