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A 21-year-old member asked:

I have sickle cell anemia. are there any precautions i should take before dental work?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 51 years experience
Not realy: Since these new guidelines came out last year, our sickle cell center no longer routinely recommends antibiotics for dental work for sickle cell patients -- only for selected situations local anesthesia rather than conscious sedation or general anesthesia. All of these concerns are greater for children with hemoglobin ss and hemoglobin s-beta-zero thalassemia, than for those with other types types.
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Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 15 years experience
Not usually: It is important to let your dentist know, but most procedures don't have a major impact for sickle cell. Procedures that involve more bleeding would be of greater concern, things like extractions, dental implants, etc.
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Dr. Scott Greenhalgh
Dentistry 35 years experience
Generally no.: Sickle cell disease can affect how well your blood carries oxygen. The only instance i see is if you were having nitrous oxide to help you relax for a treatment. Most offices that administer this also do a great job of monitoring you.
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