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I suffer from mild anxiety. a little alcohol helps me relax at times within moderation and responsibly. is it bad if i have a drink or two before a dental filling appointment?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Alcohol is a poison that never did anybody any good, ever, so stay away from it. Talk to your dentist is use of a mild sedative may be warranted.
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Be very careful. An average size "drink or two" might not be harmful if infrequent. But anyone in this situation can be challenged to stay "within moderation and respnsibility". Do not start down this path: far smarter to have a frank discussion with your physician, which might include an occasional dose of an anxiolytic drug in respone to occasional anxiety or prior to anxiety-triggering events.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
There are safe effective medicines to address mild anxiety. Alcohol before a dental appointment does not fit into this category. It can dehydrate soft tissues, constrict capillaries, and interfere with local anesthetic. Make sure to tell your Dentist about any an all substance abuse before your appointment. Before it gets out of hand, document and discuss alcohol use with your Physician.

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