Cannabis and your Dental Appointment
Posted by Sue on 14-03-2019
- CANNABIS & DENTAL PROCEDURES
Whether you smoke it, vape, or use edibles, cannabis (marijuana) can
negatively impact your dental appointment.
- STAY SAFE: TALK TO YOUR DENTIST
If you consume cannabis products before your dental appointment it can affect the outcome of your procedure. Be sure your use of cannabis is part of your current medical history (just
like tobacco and alcohol).To ensure your safety, your dentist needs to know if you have taken any cannabis prior to your dental appointment.
- CANNABIS EFFECT VARIES
Various strains of cannabis have different amounts of THC. The amount of THC in your system is determined by the strain, the amount and the way it is consumed. When smoked or inhaled as vapour, the effects tend to peak sooner and dissipate more rapidly. When eaten, the drug effect takes longer to appear, lasts longer and is less predictable.
- PLAN AHEAD
Please avoid consuming cannabis products before your procedure. Your dentist may need
to re-schedule your appointment for another time to ensure your safety.
- CANNABIS CAN ALTER THE EFFECTIVENESS OF PRESCRIBED MEDICATION
Cannabis can impact the effects of medications and anaesthetic needed for your procedure.
- INCREASED BLEEDING
Using cannabis can increase your risk of bleeding and cause complications for healing after your dental procedure.
Information provided by the Ontario Dental Association