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Drug Use During Dental Treatment

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Discuss All Drug and Medication Use to Avoid Harmful Reactions

Let’s face it, some people take anti-depressants, some are prescribed antibiotics. Some smoke marijuana, and fewer, thankfully, use cocaine, methamphetamine or other drugs. But here in the office, the message remains the same for all. Tell us what you’re taking, and when.

Why? Because the drugs we administer during dental procedures might have unforeseen interactions with the drugs you’re already taking, whether they be legal prescriptions or illicit “street” drugs. So let us know any time you change medications, take on a new prescription, or take up a recreational drug habit. No matter what your lifestyle choices, we’re here to help your oral health.

Furthermore, those who use cocaine or methamphetamine often experience some unhealthy consequences. If you “premedicate” yourself—use before coming to the dental office to cope with the stress—some of the anesthetics you may receive could contribute to a dangerous increase in heart rate and blood pressure. If you undergo oral surgery and use cocaine upon returning home, postoperative bleeding may be a problem.

More direct oral health consequences are:

  • Damage to the nasal septum from “snorting”
  • Infections of the mucous membrane
  • Bruxism (teeth grinding)
  • Xerostomia (dry mouth) and decrease in saliva pH
  • Increase in cavities and periodontal (gum) disease
  • Apathy towards oral hygiene, diet, postoperative instructions and follow-up appointments

But just because you have xerostomia, periodontal disease, or a lot of cavities, we won’t assume you have a drug problem. These conditions have a variety of non-drug related causes too. We’re here to help you achieve and maintain good oral health, so if you have any questions or would like to discuss this subject further, please let us know.

About Dr. Jayson A. Chalmers

Jayson Chalmers was raised in Placerville, CA and graduated from El Dorado High School. He received his undergraduate degree in Anthropology from U.C. Berkeley. He went on to receive his dental degree from the University of California, San Francisco. After practicing as an associate dentist in Napa, CA, Dr. Chalmers returned to Sacramento to be closer to friends and family. He began practicing in his current location in January 2005.   Knowing that patients want to have the best options and treatment available to them, Dr. Chalmers has completed many hours of advanced educational training in general, implant, orthodontic, and cosmetic dentistry. He continues to learn and incorporate many of the latest dental technologies in his practice. Through the use of intraoral cameras, digital x-rays and computer imaging he can immediately show and explain all treatment options to the patient.   Dr. Chalmers is a member of many professional organizations, including the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, the Sacramento District Dental Society, the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation and is involved in local dental study groups. Dr. Chalmers also is an active participant in Smiles for Kids, where free dental services are provided to local children in need.   Dr. Chalmers and his wife, Desirae, are the parents of Ella and Ava. They are an outgoing family and are very involved in the Arden-Arcade community. As a family, they enjoy tending to their chickens and organic garden, splashing around in the pool and traveling to beachside locations. Dr. Chalmers personal interests include camping and fishing and watching and playing most sports.

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