Many medications prescribed to treat congestive heart failure (or other heart diseases) may cause xerostomia (dry mouth) or dysgeusia (altered sense of taste).

There are usually no special concerns in undergoing dental treatment for someone being treated for congestive heart failure if he or she has no complications or side effects.

People who have severe heart failure should consider dental treatments done in a hospital clinic. They should not stay lying down in the dental chair too far because the fluid build-up in their lungs may affect breathing. It’s also recommended to go slowly when moving from a standing position to the chair, and when standing up from the chair, because dizziness can come easily.

The information above should be used as a reference only. Any medical decision should not be taken before consulting a health care professional.

The masculine gender may have been more used in the article, but without prejudice, to make reading easier.

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