Seeing a dentist during your pregnancy usually isn’t a problem, especially for preventive care. However, more routine “work” might need to be postponed until after delivery.
What if you absolutely need treatment? Such as if you’re experiencing severe pain or a dental emergency?
In some cases, treatment can’t wait. Simply letting a serious dental or gum infection rage on could be dangerous to your baby. If that’s the case, then it’s best to schedule treatment during the second trimester.
The first trimester is a sensitive time for a developing fetus. Growing babies can be affected in many ways, so talking with your obstetrician and dentist is important. The last trimester, on the other hand, is another delicate timeframe in which premature labor could potentially be triggered by dental work and anxiety.
If you have dental treatment during the second trimester of your pregnancy, then you may need some way to dull the pain and ease anxiety.
There are some classes of injectable anesthetics that are considered fairly safe for pregnant women. This injection can help numb you to any treatment that’s going on.
But when it comes to dental sedation, your options are a bit more limited.
Pregnant women should not have nitrous oxide (laughing gas). Diazepam and other similar drugs are likewise dangerous. Working with your obstetrician, general care practitioner, and dentist will help you determine a safe method of reducing dental anxiety for a necessary procedure.
You may even consider some anxiety-reducing treatment alternatives:
Get a dental check-up early in your pregnancy to make sure everything is in good shape. Take good care of your oral health before and during pregnancy for a healthier mom and baby.
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