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Report: "Anti-epileptic medication has dental health implications"

3 Sep 2003

Seizures may have implications for oral health and dental care, according to a recent article in the Journal of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD).

The researchers warned that drugs commonly used in dentistry could trigger seizures and urge people with epilepsy to ensure their dentist is aware of their specific conditions and make sure that they are comfortable that their dentist knows how to handle a seizure should one happen during a dental treatment".

Report author Dr Eric Stoopler said that for anyone who had seizures, it is crucial that they keep their dentist informed:

"It's extremely important for patients to give their dentist a thorough history of their seizures and lists of medications, as well as their medication levels and blood test results, if necessary. Dentists also should be updated on patients' progress with their neurologists and other health care professionals."

Dr Stoopler also urged people with epilepsy to visit their dentist frequently, as the side effects of some anti-epileptic drugs include dry mouth or overgrown or bleeding gums.

A spokesman for the AGD said:

"Armed with the full knowledge of a patient's condition, a dentist can take all the necessary steps to ensure a safe and comfortable visit."