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Diabetes and Dental Care

Emergency Management.  Although patients with diabetes usually recognize signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia and self-intervene before changes in or loss of consciousness occurs, they may not. Staff should be trained to recognize the signs (e.g., unusual behavior or profuse sweating in patients who have diabetes) and treat patients who have hypoglycemia; a glucometer should be used to test patient blood glucose levels.3 Every dental office should have a protocol for managing hypoglycemia in conscious and unconscious patients. Having snack foods or oral glucose tablets or gels available, especially in practices where a large number of surgical procedures are performed, is also prudent.

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