Dental Work and Pregnancy: Is it safe to have sedation dentistry during pregnancy?
Dental work and pregnancy, is it safe to have dental procedures under sedation during pregnancy? Pregnancy is such a special time in life. It is certainly a time to be celebrated, and we know how much care goes into a healthy pregnancy. At Southpointe Dental, we value this time in your life, and we are committed to finding dental care options that are healthy and safe for you and your baby.
In the past, experts have questioned whether dental care during pregnancy is safe or not. The answer is that oral health is equally important during pregnancy as any other facet of your overall well-being. Being informed about care options that are pregnancy-safe is a cyclical conversation between you, your doctor, and your dentist.
Dental work and pregnancy: what is safe during the first trimester
During the first trimester, it is good to avoid sedation dentistry or major dental treatment that is not an emergency. In other words, anything that can wait should wait. However, this does not include preventive treatments and removal of infections of the teeth or gums. As previously mentioned, it is important no matter which trimester you are in to share this dialogue with your doctor and your dentist to be sure you are being taken care of in the safest way possible.
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Dental work and pregnancy: regular and deep cleanings procedures during pregnancy
Any treatments done to prevent disease are still safe and should continue throughout your pregnancy. These include regular teeth cleanings and periodontal disease (gum disease) treatments. These are important to take care of before getting out of hand, and neither of them will impact your baby at all. According to the latest research, keeping your gums healthy will lead to a healthier pregnancy.
Dental work and pregnancy: safety of procedures requiring local anesthetics during pregnancy
Some treatments require a shot to numb part of your mouth. This shot is called a local anesthetic because it only affects a small region or a local area of your body where the local anesthetic is given.
If a treatment that requires local anesthetics is necessary, dentists can perform this safely. The American Dental Association (ADA) recently published a study that there is no risk associated with local anesthetics and pregnancy outcomes. This study means regular doses of local anesthetics will not affect your baby.
Dental work and pregnancy: sedation dentistry during pregnancy, is it safe?
Sedation dentistry refers to the use of an oral sedative drug to help keep you calm or put you to sleep. The use of oral sedatives in dental treatment is common. It’s important to note that if you are pregnant, you should not use sedatives like nitrous oxide, diazepam, or similar drugs. At Southpointe dental, we often use alternative methods of reducing dental anxiety like listening to music and using safer sedative drugs that do not affect your baby. It’s important to us to use the most healthy method possible to ensure good oral and overall health, and our Lincoln dentists are committed to the safety of expecting moms.
Dental work does not need to be put on hold while you are pregnant. Being aware of what is good for you and what is not is crucial to maintaining good health for you and your baby.
First and foremost, an excellent way to be sure dental work is safe for you and your baby is to inform us, your Lincoln dentists of your pregnancy before any dental treatment.
Wishing you health and happiness,
Dr. Sydney Joyce, Your Lincoln Dentist