Dental Problems

Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office

Oral-Submucous-FibrosisMedical emergency can be need anywhere. Similarly, people may require medical emergency in the dental office. Let us examine some of the problems which require medical emergencies in the dental office.

  • Angina:

    In this condition, there is an inadequate blood flow to the heart tissues. As a result, a part of the heart muscle do not get enough oxygen. Thus, patients experience tightness, pain and pressure in the chest.

  • Heart attack:

    When oxygen is being deprived from a part of the heart muscle it results in heart attack. The affected part of the heart muscles die or get damaged. Tightness, pressure or pain in the chest are the signals of approaching heart attack. Shortness of breath, vomiting or nausea, fainting, cough, sweating, a feeling of forthcoming doom or anxiety are some of the symptoms which patients may experience.

  • Syncope (fainting/dizziness):

    It is a temporary unconsciousness which is a result of reduced blood flow to the brain. It may also be caused due to low blood pressure which is associated with the body position changes (hyperventilation) and rapid deep breathing (hyperventilation). Emotional distress, anxiety and pain can cause fainting. Patients usually report feeling nauseated, “woozy” or lightheaded before fainting.

  • Hypoglycemia:

    The condition is due to low or abnormal blood sugar levels and is more common in diabetic patients. They show signs of nervousness, fatigue, agitation or irritability, rapid headache, blurred vision, cold sweats, fainting or dizziness.

  • Allergies:

    It is an abnormal reaction caused with a normal harmless material or substance in the body. Patients may experience allergic reactions such as rash, hives, itching, watery eyes and congestion with medications or latex in the dental office.

  • Hemorrhage:

    In dental office, minor bleeding is common during oral surgeries. In rare cases, bleeding can be severe.

These are the some problems which require dental emergencies in the dental office.

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