Do You Need to Premedicate?

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Hi, I’m Dr. B, practicing functional dentist for 35 years. I graduated from the Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, CA in 1987 and am a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM), Academy of General Dentistry (Chicago, IL), American Academy for Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH), and Dental Board of California. I'm on a mission to empower people everywhere with the same evidence-based, easy-to-understand dental health advice that my patients get. Learn more about Dr. B

An issue that causes a great deal of confusion is whether or not patients need to premedicate before a dental procedure. While your physician may recommend one thing, your dentist might say another, and as a patient, this can be stressful and anxiety-inducing. In today’s episode, Dr. B sheds light on this topic and talks about why you don’t need to premedicate if you have a prosthetic joint. He also gets into why this is such a complex issue and offers advice on what you can do if you are taking antibiotics frequently. As research continues to show, long-term antibiotic use causes more harm than good, so it is vital to be careful when taking them. Be sure to tune in today!

Key Points From This Episode:

  • There is a problem with the over-prescription of antibiotics
  • Why you don’t need to premedicate before a dental procedure if you have a prosthetic joint
  • The complications that arise around premedication protocols
  • If you can, bring in the necessary documentation before you visit your dentist
  • Where the need for premedication comes from
  • Advice for what to do if you are frequently taking antibiotics
  • You can take the pre-medication within two hours of the procedure you are having done

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