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Quintessence Int. 2019;50(2):126-134. doi: 10.3290/j.qi.a41160.

Neurologic issues related to glucocorticoid use in oral surgery: memory and attention impairment in association with cannabis consumption.


The use of hormonal anti-inflammatory drugs is a common practice in oral and dental surgery. They have proven enhanced efficacy, increasing therapeutic success when the treatment is properly chosen and managed. However, given the complexity of neurophysiologic processes, little is known regarding the consequences of administering glucocorticoids on brain function. This article aims to bring to the attention of dental health professionals the main neurophysiologic mechanisms by which glucocorticoid hormones can affect memory and attention. In addition, in the context of increasing global prevalence and incidence of cannabinoid consumption, both for medical and recreational purposes, the issue of the association of cortisone-derived drugs in the systemic context of these phytocannabinoids is addressed, in terms of memory issues and attention.


dental surgery; marijuana; neurologic disturbances; oral health; prevention


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