If you’re pregnant and need a filling, root canal or tooth pulled, one thing you don’t have to worry about is the safety of the numbing medications your dentist may use during the procedure. They are, in fact, safe for both you and your baby.
Is dental anesthesia safe during pregnancy?
Preventive, diagnostic and restorative dental treatment is safe throughout pregnancy. Local anesthetics with epinephrine (e.g., bupivacaine, lidocaine, mepivacaine) may be used during pregnancy.
Can local anesthetic harm fetus?
When local anesthetics are administered to pregnant women with fetal compromise resulting from reduced placenta perfusion, the amounts of local anesthetics not bound to proteins increase, tissue acidosis occurs, and the local anesthetics may get trapped in the fetus, causing complications.
What dental treatment can I get while pregnant?
If you have a dental emergency, a root canal can be performed at any stage of pregnancy and shouldn’t be delayed. However, because x-rays are involved, the ideal time for dental surgery is during the second trimester.
Do I need to tell my dentist Im pregnant?
Tell your dentist (and doctor) if you are pregnant. Routine dental care can be done any time during pregnancy. Any urgent procedure can be done, as well. All elective dental procedures, however, should be postponed until after the delivery.
What should you avoid at the dentist when pregnant?
Patients should be counseled to transition to non-narcotic pain relievers, such as plain acetaminophen, as soon as possible. As such, dentists should not prescribe a 30-day supply of any opioid drug. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, are not recommended during pregnancy.
Can a tooth infection cause miscarriage?
Brief Summary: Oral infections can trigger the production of pro-inflammatory mediators that may be risk factors for miscarriage.
Why second trimester is safe for dental treatment?
Dental work while pregnant, such as cavity fillings and crowns, should be treated to reduce the chance of infection. If dental work is done during pregnancy, the second trimester is ideal. Once you reach the third trimester, it may be very difficult to lie on your back for an extended period of time.