I have a lot of autoimmune issues going on, in addition to allergies. Joint pain is a big concern for me, and I notice that it worsens when I am exposed to certain chemicals. I went to a different state to get some thorough testing done and found out everything I am allergic to or have a chemical sensitivity to. I have cleaned my house from top to bottom and removed everything I reasonably could that is a trigger for my symptoms.
Now I am trying to address environmental issues and anything else that could affect me. Last night I looked at my schedule and saw that my 6-month dental checkup is due in late October. My dentist isn’t into the natural thing, so I am wondering about any dental treatment, the materials used in my mouth, and what kind of reaction it might be causing. I am not really interested in trying my dentist out again to figure out how I react and what I am reacting to. I am just going to start fresh and find a dentist who maybe is more up on treating patients with chemical sensitivities or allergies. I am not sure what I am looking for, but I did notice your site and the page for holistic dentistry. Is this a common specialty so that I could find a holistic dentist, maybe within 20 miles or so of my home? I have started searching already and didn’t get good results. I am becoming anxious about getting the care I need and wonder how if I can ever relax again at a dental appointment. Thanks. Reagan from NJ
Reagan – Holistic dentistry is not an official specialty that is recognized by the American Dental Association. There are dentists who avoid metal materials or who use biocompatible dental materials.
Do an Internet search for “holistic dentist” or “biological dentist” to find one in your area who will look for ways to give you dental treatment to which you are least sensitive. Some dentists recommend allergy testing to help identify your sensitivities.
Please do not be discouraged if you cannot find a holistic dentist within 20 miles of your residence. You may find a nearby dentist who is willing to work with you and, as much as possible, avoid materials that cause a reaction. Be patient with your search. You can also consider scheduling consultations with a few dentists who seem agreeable to treating you. Find out what each dentist will do to ensure your requests are respected to the extent possible. If your anxiety level escalates, ask the dentist about sedation options.
Dr. Steven Brooksher, an accredited cosmetic dentist in Baton Rouge, sponsors this post.