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Is Dental Sedation Safe During Pregnancy?

January 4, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Erin Page @ 9:26 pm
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During pregnancy, you want to do everything you can to protect both your health and that of your precious cargo. Part of that involves caring for your teeth and gums. When you visit your dentist during pregnancy, they might identify one or more issues that require treatment. If the prospect of undergoing a procedure makes you feel a little nervous, you might wonder if it is safe for you to be sedated. This blog post discusses some important points that you should keep in mind.

The Risks of Sedation During Pregnancy

Dental sedation is generally not considered safe for pregnant women. The primary reason for this is that the medications used to sedate a mother may pass through the placenta and affect the embryo or fetus.

If sedation is used during the first trimester of pregnancy, it might affect the child’s development. If it is used during the third trimester, it might cause preterm labor. Sedation is generally safest during the second trimester, but it still carries some risks and should be avoided if possible.

Treatment Options for Pregnant Women

If you find out that you require dental treatment while you are pregnant, you might have a few options:

  • Get the procedure done under local anesthetic. Local anesthetic is considered safe during pregnancy. It can numb your mouth and make your procedure more comfortable, although it does not involve the use of medications that reduce anxiety.
  • Wait if possible. Ask your dentist about the potential risks of postponing your treatment until after you give birth. For example, if you have a missing tooth, it should be perfectly fine for you to wait a few months to undergo dental implant surgery. On the other hand, if you have spots of decay, it would be best to receive treatment promptly. Fortunately, fillings are a minor procedure that does not generally call for sedation.
  • Look into other relaxation techniques. If you need to undergo a dental procedure before giving birth, there may be some non-pharmaceutical techniques that you can use to reduce your anxiety. Some people have found that controlling their breathing, listening to music, and having a supportive friend by their side can be helpful.

Although dental sedation is not recommended for pregnant women, that does not mean you have no way to care for your smile! Ask your dentist about how you can have an enjoyable, easy oral care experience while you are waiting for your little one to arrive.

Meet the Practice

Dr. Erin Page is a highly accomplished dentist who is happy to serve patients in different phases of life, including those who are waiting to add a new member to their family. As a mom herself, she understands the ups and downs that can come with pregnancy and wants to help expecting women enjoy excellent oral health. To learn more about how she and our team may be able to serve you, contact our Schenectady office at 518-374-0317.

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