• To determine the cardiovascular effects and safety of dental anesthesia and dental interventions in patients within three weeks of uncomplicated acute myocardial infarction, 40 patients were studied. Twenty patients, group 1, underwent injectable local dental anesthesia with 2% lidocaine and 1:100 000 epinephrine. Group 2, 20 patients, underwent vigorous dental prophylaxis (13 patients) or dental extraction (seven patients) after local anesthesia. Heart rate, blood pressure, electrocardiograms, and symptoms were monitored before, during, and after the dental intervention. There were no significant hemodynamic changes or complications related to dental anesthesia or the dental procedures. One patient experienced an asymptomatic, uncomplicated, self-limited, eight-beat run of ventricular tachycardia two hours after dental extraction. Limited dental anesthesia and dental interventions were well tolerated by these patients with recent myocardial infarction.
(Arch Intern Med 1986;146:2203-2204)