Is Dental Work Safe During A Pregnancy?

Growing your family is a great and exciting time.  The dentist and staff of Central Valley Dentistry in Phoenix, Arizona would like to congratulate all expecting mothers and wish them the best. During your pregnancy, you may wonder if it’s okay to go to the dentist and have dental treatments done. Letting your dentist know right away that you’re expecting is important for us to be able to care for you and your baby properly.

Should Pregnant Women Have Dental Cleanings? 

Having regular dental cleanings and exams is not only safe during pregnancy, but it’s also highly recommended. When you’re expecting, your hormones can do crazy things to your gums, causing them to swell, bleed, and feel irritated.

Gum disease has actually been linked to premature birth and preeclampsia. Morning sickness and vomiting changes the pH level of your mouth and leaves acid on your teeth, which could cause severe decay.  Regular cleanings can help keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Are Dental X-rays Okay When You’re Expecting?

Typically, we take x-rays once per year during your annual exam.  This routine allows us to check for issues that require intervention before bigger problems develop.

When you’re expecting, it’s best to postpone X-rays until after birth. However, if a dental emergency does arise and we must take a dental x-ray, getting one doesn’t use enough radiation to harm a developing baby. In addition, a lead apron that covers your abdomen can be used for further protection against scattered rays.

Dental Work for Moms-To-Be

Like with dental x-rays, the safest course of action is to postpone all unnecessary dental work until after you give birth. Elective treatments like teeth whitening and other cosmetic procedures can put the developing baby at an unnecessary risk. However, since emergencies do sometimes occur, dental treatment may be necessary.

When Is Dental Treatment Safe During Pregnancy?

If dental work must be done, the ideal time to do it is during the second trimester. Early on in the first trimester, your baby is very vulnerable. Performing dental treatments in the third trimester can feel uncomfortable, due to your growing abdomen. 

Dental Anesthesia and Sedation In Pregnant Women

During pregnancy, there are certain local anesthetics that we’ll use to numb the treatment area which are safe for both you and your baby.

According to the American Dental Association (ADA) there is a chance that administering nitrous oxide (laughing gas) during pregnancy can harm the fetus, so it should be avoided.

Taking Medication During Pregnancy

Certain antibiotics and pain medications are safe to use during pregnancy and may be prescribed to you have essential treatment that needs to be postponed until after you give birth.

Consulting Your Obstetrician 

During your pregnancy, your obstetrician knows better than any other healthcare provider about what’s safe for your baby. Our dentist in Phoenix will often consult with your doctor to determine the best course of treatment for your situation. They’ll discuss things like medications for anesthesia, pain management, and the like.

Where to Go for Dental Work During Pregnancy?

If you’re pregnant and in need of dental care, then call Central Valley Dentistry in Phoenix, AZ.  We have your family’s best interest in mind and look forward to assisting you!

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