Normally when you visit your dentist, you will experience an array of tests such as x-ray and ultrasonic equipment being used by your hygienist, or during a dental procedure. Normally this kind of treatment rarely affects anyone and is relatively safe for all people. However, if you have an implant such as a pacemaker or implantable defibrillator, you are at a higher risk of experiencing potential problems with your dental visit. Ultrasonic devices can affect your dental care procedures.
How Can My Pacemaker be Affected by Dental Care?
If you have an implantable defibrillator or pacemaker, ultrasonic equipment can cause the unit to malfunction, meaning risks for altered heartbeats or irregular heart patterns can emerge. Please inform your dentist if you are a cardiac patient with such apparatuses to ensure your safety. Not all pacemakers or implants are subject to ultrasonic equipment. If the dentist is doubtful whether your device can be affected, he will call your cardiologists for information. Never assume that your implant is safe. Informing your dental care physician of your pacemaker or other device is imperative for quality dental care.
Do I Need to Forego Dental Checkups Because of my Pacemaker?
There is no need to be afraid to see the dentist if you have a pacemaker or implantable defibrillator. The dentists will simply not use ultrasonic devices while treating you. There are many options for dental care, so please keep your appointment. A healthy mouth is essential for cardiac patients, as heart disease is often affected by inadequate dental care.
You may have concerns about your dental treatment now that you know that ultrasonic devices can affect your dental care. Give us a call to set up a consultation. Dr. Patterson can advise you of your options and put your mind at ease. Make your appointment today! (480) 280-6170.