Medical Emergency For Dental Offices

1494 Words Dec 15th, 2015 6 Pages
Medical emergencies can occur at work, home, the movies and even on trains, but they happen every day in dental offices. With dental offices now performing more complicated procedures; having longer appointments; administering complex drug regimens; and the overall average patient getting sicker(Havles, 2016), it is extremely important for dental offices to have emergency medical kits. It is equally important for dental health care personal be familiar with the most common emergency situations, the management, and the drug used to treat them(ADA, 2014). This requires knowledge of the kits location, and the emergency medications in the kit. One of the most important of these emergency drugs is nitroglycerin. Nitroglycerin is a vasodilator used to treat emergencies that involve chest or heart pain relief. This begs the question “Is it important for a dental healthcare professional to know how and when to use nitroglycerin?”
Before discussing nitroglycerin and how and what it does, we must first understand the chest pain known as angina pectoris. Angina pectoris is the medical term that refers to chest pain or discomfort usually due to coronary artery disease (CAD) (American Heart Association, 2014). Although CAD is believed to be the main cause of angina pain it can be found in patients with aortic stenosis, hypertensive heart disease, along with many other different heart diseases. Without a previous history of angina, diagnosis can be very difficult. The pain or…
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