I’ve done four tours of duty in both Iraq and Afganistan. I did see dentists in that time, but of course, they only cover the emergencies in situations like that and I need a lot of work. The big problem I see here is I have PTSD. I’m getting treatment, but certain things can set me off. What are the possibilities someone in my position could have dental sedation. I don’t think I’d get through without an episode if I don’t use it, but don’t want to put people in danger.
First, I can’t thank you enough for your incredible sacrifice and service. My family wouldn’t be as safe as they are without you and all you’ve been through. You deserve so much more than you get.
You sound like the perfect candidate for dental sedation. However, given your situation, there are a couple of extra precautions you should take.
Discuss All Medications with Your Sedation Dentist
Any sedation dentist will have a consultation with you ahead of time. It’s important you discuss all of your medication, this includes all prescription medication for PTSD and other medicines your doctor has you on, as well as over-the-counter medications.
This is important so he can be prepared ahead of time with the right type of sedation for you. This way you don’t have to worry about any negative interactions with things you’re required to take.
Go Over Your Triggers with Your Sedation Dentist
When it comes to PTSD, there are generally triggers which make you more susceptible to having a reaction. For instance, maybe for you it is a sharp implement. Or, for some it is having someone come up behind them unannounced. Others have trouble with certain sounds.
If you know of any particular triggers in your situation, it’s important that you let the dentist know so he can also inform his staff. They can make those accomadations for you.
Benefits of Dental Sedation
The great thing is not only can you have a completely relaxed dental appointment, possibly sleeping through the whole appointment, but your dentist can get more work done at each appointment. This allows you to have fewer appointments to get caught up in your dental work, also decreasing your stress.
This also reduced your chance of dental emergencies, which can land you in a situation you have less control over.
Best of luck to you.
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