If you’re carrying a child, taking care of your body becomes more important than ever before. After all, it’s not just about you anymore. You’re caring for two people now!
Believe it or not, it’s crucial to you and your baby’s health to keep your smile in great shape as well as the rest of your body. Keeping your mouth healthy helps to prevent complications with your pregnancy and your teeth and gums in excellent condition. But if you’ve always been apprehensive to visit the dentist, this could pose a challenge to your and your little one’s health.
Learn more about safe sedation while pregnant with your local dentist in this week’s blog post!
Do You Normally Receive Sedation Dentistry?
There are many patients that can only visit the dentist under one condition: they need sedation services to calm their anxiety. Sometimes, this is the only way that people feel comfortable enough sitting in the dental chair. Or, if a patient needs to receive multiple treatments or dental surgery in one visit, sedation can make their appointment more tolerable.
But is sedation safe for pregnant women? There are some alternative forms of relaxation that are better for pregnant women than others.
What Type of Sedation is Safe When Pregnant?
During the first trimester (three months), it is best to avoid major non-emergency dental treatment. But there are some cases where it’s completely necessary for you and your baby’s health to remove infectious materials from your mouth.
Sometimes a dentist will give you a shot of local anesthetic to numb part of your mouth if you have to receive a dental service that could be painful. You can receive some local anesthetics for necessary treatment while you are pregnant without it harming your baby. This is also true if you’re nursing after the baby is born.
If you are pregnant, avoid nitrous oxide. There are many other alternative options to calm your nerves when receiving your dental treatment, like listening to music or another office amenity that your practice may offer. Your dentist will discuss the best ways to feel relaxed when receiving dental care if you feel nervous about visiting the office.
General anesthesia causes you to become unconscious during your dental care. In most cases, you should avoid general anesthesia while you are pregnant. Again, it’s best to discuss your options about anesthetics and sedation with your dentist specifically.
If you’re nervous about visiting the dentist while pregnant, you should give your local practice a call. They would be happy to address your concerns so that you can receive the dental care you need to keep your smile and baby healthy.
About Our Office
Here at Sleep Dentists, we know that your health is of utmost importance when you’re pregnant. That’s why we take special care of you when you visit us, starting with the health of your teeth and gums—even if you don’t always enjoy visiting the dentist. Call us and we would be happy to walk you through the best way to receive the dental care you and your baby need.