Do I have to take antibiotics before my dental appointment?
Certain medical conditions do make premedication with antibiotics a smart choice. At Sarasota Dental Arts, we make your safety a priority. If you have had a joint replacement or have advanced cardiac or immune issues, we will take the necessary precautions for your safety, including premedication with antibiotics.
Antibiotics with dental treatment used to be more common, but new guidelines still recommend antibiotics if you have:
- Artificial heart valves
- A history of infective endocarditis
- Certain congenital heart conditions
- A cardiac transplant with a problem in the heart valve
Dr. Aygen is happy to consult with your medical doctor to make sure that you are getting the best possible care. Your doctor is also welcome to speak with us. We’ll just ask you to fill out a release of information, which gives us permission to speak with your other providers about your care.
If you have questions or concerns, please call our office. Dr. Aygen is happy to meet with you ahead of your procedure and explain the reasons why antibiotic prophylaxis is an important safety precaution. Antibiotic overuse and resistance is also a serious issue, and if you’ve used antibiotics in the past, you might wonder why they are no longer recommended. Dr. Aygen is happy to discuss this with you as well.