Diabetic at the dentist

Over 3 percent of Germans suffer from diabetes mellitus. Depending on whether the sufferer is suffering from type I or type II diabetes, the serious illness is treated with dietary measures or insulin injections. Despite successful long-term therapy, diabetics are more susceptible to certain diseases because of their special metabolic status. In addition, it is important to observe some rules for all surgical procedures. Here is an overview of how diabetics can perform low-risk dental surgeries.

Appointment is important

Special attention should be paid to the appointment. With stable blood sugar setting shorter, time-manageable interventions after breakfast or a possible insulin injection are most useful. "This way, the dreaded diabetic coma can be avoided, " explains Joachim Hoffmann, dentist and proDente expert. If the metabolic control of a patient is not stable, the treating dentist will contact the family doctor to better assess possible risks and countermeasures. It has been found that factors such as stress during surgery, local infections, and the use of jaw clips can influence the stability of the patient's diabetic state. Therefore, it is often necessary to control insulin dosage and blood sugar during surgery by a physician in attendance.

Antibiotics prevent complications

If diabetes is unstable and diabetes persists, the use of antibiotics in dental surgery makes sense. "If the patient takes antibiotics 24 hours before the operation, this will prevent the passage of bacteria into the bloodstream." The antibiotic is usually taken for four to six days, thus avoiding the susceptibility to infection and frequent wound healing disorders in diabetics.

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