I had bypass surgery eight weeks ago. I had been scheduled to go to the dentist the week after the operation for a couple of fillings, but my teeth weren't hurting so I postponed the appointment until today when I was back driving and feeling better.
I knew that you should inform the dentist about recent heart surgery, but I thought that was because the dentist may decide to prescribe antibiotics.
However, the dentist said that she couldn't administer any anaesthetic for at least six months following heart surgery, so if I wanted the fillings treated she'd have to do it without an injection. Oh, and one more piece of good news, instead of two fillings it was now actually three! Her advice was grit my teeth (ho ho ho) and get on with it, as if any tooth deteriorated I might have to go back into hospital for an extraction, and in her experience that could mean a very painful delay of at least a week or sometimes much longer.
Anyhow, the fillings are done and, although I wouldn't rush to repeat the experience, I guess worse things happen at sea so I won't whinge too much!
But if anyone is planning a future trip into hospital for heart surgery, then do yourself a favour and pay a visit to the dentist first for some pre-emptive dental work. Because anything that needs to be done in the six months following your surgery will have to be done old school without any anaesthetic!