Cardiac Implanted Devices and Electronic Dental Instruments
Posted on 7/4/2022 by Dr. Shaun Rai
Cardiac implanted devices include pacemakers and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators. Pacemakers use electric current to regulate the pacing of the cardiac muscle. Cardioverter-defibrillators on the other hand analyze the rhythm of the cardiac and generate impulses whenever an anomaly in the rhythm is detected.
Our specialists have observed that cardiac implanted devices are becoming more popular as they have proved to increase the life expectancy of patients. As a result, a greater population has cardiac implanted devices making it necessary to highlight the effects electronic dental instruments may have on these devices. Electronic dental instruments include ultrasonic scalers and apex locators. Our dentists believe that electronic dental instruments may have a negative effect on the cardiac implanted devices by interfering with their electromagnetic field.
Interference with the electromagnetic field
We have already established that cardiac implanted devices use electric impulses to set cardiac pacing and analyze the cardiac rhythm. Electronic dental instruments interfere with the electromagnetic field of these devices, altering the cardiac pacing or sending a signal that a shock is needed to alter the rhythm of the cardiac. This interference is highly dangerous to your health.
Modern cardiac implanted devices
Earlier cardiac implanted devices did not have any shield to protect against electromagnetic interference from electronic dental instruments leading to complications. Modern devices however were manufactured with the necessary technological advancements to make them immune to any electromagnetic interference.
Despite claims that human flesh provides better protection against electromagnetic interference than any other form of protection created in the lab, it is important to consult with your dentist before getting any electronic dental instruments if you have a cardiac implanted device to avoid complications. Drop by our practice for more information concerning the relationship between your cardiac implanted device and electronic dental instruments.