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Tips for visits to the dentist

Tips for visits to the dentist

Prior to visiting the dentist, provide the practice with this information sheet to help make your treatment safe and comfortable.

I have Parkinson’s

  • Parkinson’s is a progressive, neurodegenerative movement disorder.
  • Primary motor symptoms include rigidity, tremor, slow movement, postural instability, difficulty speaking, decreased facial expression and weakness of face and throat muscles.
  • Primary non-motor symptoms include loss of smell, sleep disturbances, depression, excessive saliva, anxiety and cognitive issues.
  • Prior to treatment, please talk to me about any potential drug interactions with my Parkinson’s medication.


  • Please allow additional time for responses because my symptoms include difficulty speaking. I may need a longer lead time before responding to questions.
  • My decreased facial expressions can make it difficult to express discomfort while I am in the chair. Can we agree on a physical signal for me to use when I am having trouble swallowing or need a break?


  • Please use more frequent suction during cleaning, as my cough reflex may not be as strong as other patients.
  • Please look for excessive loss of tooth structure; Parkinson’s tremors of the orofacial musculature and the use of levodopa medication may cause bruxism.
  • Please keep the dental chair at an incline of 45° or higher to enable comfortable swallowing.
  • I may need help to get into and out of the dental chair slowly to reduce the likelihood of falls.

Download the tips sheet

Source: Parkinson’s Disease: Systemic and orofacial manifestations, medical and dental management. The Journal of the American Dental Association