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A 25-year-old female asked:

I have to get 4 wisdoms removed tmrw i am on methadone. do i have to tell the anestest that i am on it? i'm allowed pain meds... (it's confidential)

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Suzanne Fiala
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Yes.: Yes. Whether confidential or not, please let your oral surgeon know that you are on Methadone and what dose. This is important information for post-op pain management for reasons of both safety and efficacy. It is an important part of your health history and will remain confidential.
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 55 years experience
Confidential: Important that you ALWAYS divulge all health information to any doctor that treats you. Information will be kept strictly confidential, but is required to manage treatment and post-treatment management. What's worse, being embarrassed or being hospitalized or even dead?
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Last updated Aug 7, 2014

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