General

1. Monitor vital signs at every appointment because of cardiovascular and respiratory side effects.

2. The patient may require a semisu-pine position for the dental chair to help with breathing.

3. Dental procedures may cause the patient anxiety which could result in an asthma attack. Make sure that the patient has his/her sympathomimetic inhaler present or have the inhaler from the office emergency kit present.

4. Morning and shorter appointments, as well as methods for addressing anxiety levels in the patient, can help to reduce the amount of stress that the patient is experiencing.

5. Sulfites present in vasoconstrictors can precipitate an asthma attack.

6. Decreased saliva flow can put the patient at risk for dental caries, perio-dontal disease, and candidiasis.

Coping with Asthma

Coping with Asthma

If you suffer with asthma, you will no doubt be familiar with the uncomfortable sensations as your bronchial tubes begin to narrow and your muscles around them start to tighten. A sticky mucus known as phlegm begins to produce and increase within your bronchial tubes and you begin to wheeze, cough and struggle to breathe.

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