vertigoHave you ever looked over the edge of a balcony and felt a sudden spinning feeling? May people confuse this feeling with a fear of heights, but it actually is a condition called vertigo. Vertigo is defined as a sense of extreme dizziness and loss of balance that can be triggered by looking down from a great height. However, it is also an extreme dizziness that can be caused by a problem of the inner ear or certain nerves.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who experience a rather difficult form of vertigo known as “BPPV”. This is one that is often triggered by a dramatic change in the position of the head. For example, Johns Hopkins Medicine says that turning over in bed, looking straight up, or even just tilting the head fully back in the shower can trigger it. So too can lying in the dentist’s chair, and if you know that you have vertigo or BPPV, it is of the utmost importance to tell the dentist when booking the appointment.

How will telling the dentist help?

How can this help? It is not unusual for many people with a range of vertigo conditions to experience that dizziness and even nausea when they are put back in the dental chair. Fortunately, dental professionals understand just how problematic it can be and will often be able to work with the patient to determine when their symptoms are triggered by movement in the chair and when they are not.

For example, someone with the most extreme symptoms of BPPV would be entirely unable to take the reclined position of the chair, and their dentist would then be able to allow the patient to remain upright while the work is done. However, if the patient has symptoms triggered by only some relatively extreme positions of the chair, a dentist can adjust the chair manually, offer pillows, or provide support of the head and neck to eliminate the vertigo.

The key is to communicate as clearly and as effectively as possible. This ensures that the dental professional is aware that you have some vertigo issues. They will always take the steps necessary to reduce or eliminate the symptoms that this relatively common condition may cause. Though they are not always capable of working entirely around some of the dizziness, they are ready to work with a patient who suffers from it. Just let them know before you begin your appointment that it could be a problem, and be sure to let the office know of any changes in the condition.