March 2, 2021
In stage 4 with very difficult breathing. Can't be sedated. I always have anxiety going anyways but now I worry the stress will cause an exacerbation. Are there dentists that will help with COPD patients?
March 11, 2021
You must take care of your teeth and gums. Infections from bad teeth can lead to respiratory infections. I am between stage 3-4 COPD and also have Bronchiectasis. I wear oxygen and I take 2 puffs of my rescue inhaler before going in to the office. Also let them know reclining back makes mucus backup so you may need to cough. If it is a long appointment have them sit you up periodically so you can clear your lungs. The anxiety of going is the hardest part.
March 15, 2021
Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT Moderator
March 3, 2021
I agree with what Jeff has said. Over the years, I, too, have had more procedures than I ever thought I would in life. For each one (surgery, diagnostic radiologic studies, dental work, dental surgery, etc), I have been able to speak with the doctors, dentists, anesthesiologists, nurses and anyone else who was rendering care. Without exception, we were able to collaborate on the best position for me (breathing wise), that would not compromise the performance of the procedure.
I would think you should be able to discuss your concerns with the dentist who will be working with you. Between the two of you, I would hope all your concerns will be answered and you can proceed to have the dental work done successfully.
What do you think?
Leon (site moderator COPD.net)
Jeffrey J Collings Moderator
March 3, 2021