I’m a 15-year veteran with some PTSD issues. I’m on medication for it and it is currently under control. I’d like to get my dental care under control too but am a little concerned how I’ll be in the chair. A buddy of mine who knows what I’ve been through suggested dental sedation. Is this something someone with PTSD can do? Will it interfere with the meds? Who do I talk to?
Your buddy is right. Dental sedation is a great solution for people in your situation. It will take one extra step, but you shouldn’t have any problems. Any sedation dentist who knows what he’s doing will require a consultation ahead of the appointment. This is so the two of you can go over what to expect along with your medical history and medications.
This is an important step because it protects you from having sedation which will interfere with your current medications. Most dentists have a sedation medication they prefer, but if they have a patient in a unique situation with meds, they will find something else. During this appointment, you’ll want to talk to the dentist about your PTSD.
Here’s where your extra step comes in. It’s important at this stage that you let your dentist know what your triggers are. For instance, if having a dental tool come at you is a problem he can let you know when he’s about to pick one up. Or, some veterans have trouble with people coming from behind them. The dentist can alert his staff to always announce themselves.
This type of treatment is quite strong. As a result you will need someone to drive you to and from your appointment. Additionally, you’ll need someone to stay with you. Your buddy, who is already aware of your situation, will likely be a good candidate but that is completely up to you.
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