When you need dental treatment there are only a few medications that could be administered to you that could lead to an Anti-Doping Rule Violation.
Opiates (Morphine, Fentanyl) and Systemic Glucocorticosteroids (Dexamethasone, Prednisone) are common medications used in dental surgery. They are both prohibited IN-COMPETITION.
Occasionally other medications that may assist with the treatment of infections could be given to you by a dentist.
It is up to you to work with the dentist to avoid inadvertently failing a doping control test.
What to do when visiting the dentist:
Apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE)
Tell the dentist that you are an athlete who could be drug tested and show them your Sports Anti-Doping ID Card.
Ask for a note to be placed on your medical record to clarify your status as an athlete subject to drug testing in sport.
The majority of medications used in surgery are only prohibited in-competition. This means that they are not likely to be in your body by the time you have recovered and returned to sport, we recommend you still check them.
Often you are given medications to help you prepare for dental surgery. Some of these may be prohibited - always check them before taking them.
If you have had dental surgery - ask for a list of the medications that were used.
During recovery you may be given a prescription to help - always check these medications before using them.
Check your medication with the surgeon/anaesthestist by referring to their prescription software, MIMs or Martindales resources or by calling 0800DRUGFREE (378437).