Epilepsy is a nervous system disorder that is characterized by physically hampering seizures and trembling. This is a truly scary and dangerous disease because it can cause harm not only to the patient but to the people around him or her as well. This condition can usually be treated by specific medications that can be prescribed by the doctor.

You just have to be extra cautious as to administering the drugs when you are undergoing dental procedures because certain epileptic drugs also affect the oral health of patients. It may cause various conditions that may cause you as the patient pain and discomfort.

Some conditions that may cause discomfort to an epileptic patient are as follows.

Bleeding Gums

These drugs can cause your gums to weaken and therefore make it bleed profusely at the slightest cut. Over-sensitivity can be a possible reason for the bleeding as well.

Post Operative Bleeding

After a procedure, epileptic medications may react adversely with the oral medicines that may cause the teeth and gums to bleed.

Dry Mouth

The medications can also cause drying of the lips and mouth due to the absorption of moisture and nutrients by the body as a curative effort.

Over grown or swollen gums

Epileptic medications can also cause the gums to swell or grow in size unnaturally.

Susceptibility to oral infection (canker sores, lesions, etc.)

The medications can also weaken your immune system, which may cause you to become prone to various oral infections like canker sores or lesions. It may also cause infections internally such as throat wounds and oesophageal infections due to acids that can be found in the medicine.

To prevent these various side effects from affecting your oral cavity, you must follow the following procedures before paying a visit to your dentist.

Important Reminders

  1. You must set a dentist appointment within a few hours after taking the medication so that the protective effects of the drug would still take effect during the dental procedures. It can therefore prevent attacks from happening during the visit.

  2. Inform the professionals of your complete medical history as well as all the other medications that you have been taking prior to your appointment. This will help the dental team to taken the proper precautions when treating your dental condition.

  3. In addition to this, you must also inform the dentist in case you experience an attack during a procedure. This way, the doctors will be able to administer the proper first aid treatment for the event.

  4. As mentioned above, you have to make sure that you take your medication before you go to the dentist to prevent any untoward incidents regarding your attacks.

Having epilepsy and going to the dentist is a very delicate situation to be in. Because of this, you have to find a reputable doctor to do your procedures. In addition, you also have to do your part in terms of having full disclosure with your dentist regarding your physical condition (epilepsy).


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  • Bruce

    Bruce 20 - March - 2013, at 10:31 AM

  • A seizure caused chips on two new-capped front teeth that occurred within 12 hrs of dentist repair. The dentist received all money for the initial repair but now wants full charge for a second repair of front teeth. I feel the cost is not fair for a person with epilepsy on SSI.

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