dental procedures

By auntbala Latest Reply 2010-05-11 10:54:58 -0500
Started 2010-05-09 23:07:25 -0500

are there any tips for an insulin-dependent diabetic needing to be sedated for a dental procedure. I am type 1 and need to have a couple teeth pulled. problem is I also have anxiety & a severe gag reflex…which are the reasons for being sedated. but I am concerned about fasting and my dentist says he has no way of monitoring my sugar. Help??

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GabbyPA 2010-05-11 10:54:58 -0500 Report

The procedure won't take long. It will be over in minutes so unless you are going in very late for the appointment there should not be a huge problem. If it is a late appointment, I would reschedule and make sure you are one of his first patients of the day. That is what my mom did for her surgery. She is type 2, but still on insulin, so it is not quite the same, but there were concerns.

Your dentist is not overly cooperative on the monitoring. Would they allow a family member to help out? Can you talk to the nurse and test before you are sedated and then have her test after the procedure? Give them a "What to do" sheet and even give them your gel or kit, so they have it ready if they need to use it. They may be more afraid of a law suite if something happens that they could have prevented. I hate to be that way, but they should be more helpful than that.

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