North Idaho Dental Group

How do I know if I need to premedicate before my dental appointment?

Before undergoing specific treatments like dental cleaning, your dentist or healthcare provider may recommend antibiotic prophylaxis, known as dental premedication. 

If premedication is required, the typical recommendation is to take the antibiotic orally one hour before your appointment. The purpose is to fight germs that might enter the system through the gum tissue and into the bloodstream.

middle-aged man smiling while sitting near a lakeConditions That Might Require Premedication 

There are several reasons why you may need to pre-medicate before a teeth cleaning or other dental treatment: 

  • If you have an artificial joint, such as a hip or shoulder, it's generally recommended to pre-medicate one hour before your dental appointment. We ask that you call your orthopedic surgeon's office to verify that this is what they recommend. 
  • If you have had a heart valve replacement, it is typically recommended to pre-medicate before a dental cleaning or other treatment. 
  • Your healthcare provider may also recommend premedication if you are at risk of infective endocarditis or IE. 

Other systemic conditions that may impair the ability to fight infection are diabetes, cancer, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Our dentists and hygienists will review your medical history thoroughly before your appointment and, along with your healthcare provider, determine if premedication is recommended.  

Please Call with Your Premedication Questions

Protecting your oral and general health are our highest priority, and we will do everything to ensure your safety during dental procedures.

Please don't hesitate to call our Coeur d'Alene or Ponderay dental office if you have questions about premedication.

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