If you have active (bleeding) peptic ulcer disease and need dental treatment, talk with your doctor. You may need certain blood tests first.
Make sure that your dentist has an up-to-date list of all the medicines you take. This should include both prescription and over-the-counter medicines, such as antacids. It also should include vitamins, herbs and other nutritional supplements. Having this list will help your dentist avoid drug interactions or side effects. For example, if you are taking antacids, some drugs may not work right. Antacids decrease stomach acids and may cause some drugs not to work properly.
If your mouth feels like it is burning, tell your dentist. This can be a symptom of other diseases, including yeast infections and diabetes.
If you have been on steroids for more than two weeks, you may need more steroid treatment before some complex or stressful dental visits. When you take steroids, for even a short amount of time, your body may not respond to stress as well as it usually does. This can cause complications, such as a fast drop in your blood pressure during dental care. Let your dentist know if you are on steroids, either for short-term or long-term use, and what the dosage has been.
Drugs that suppress your immune system also can increase your risk of infection. Let your dentist know which medicines you are taking.