Is dental anesthesia safe during pregnancy?
Yes! In most cases, local anesthesia is used for dental procedures and is safe for pregnant women. Local anesthesia is injected via syringe and does not travel through the bloodstream, so it won’t harm the baby. However, most dentists recommend intense dental surgeries be postponed until after the baby is born if the treatment is not essential.
Can you get a tooth pulled while pregnant?
If you are pregnant and need a tooth extraction, don’t worry, it is safe for both you and your baby. There is, however, an optimal period to get your tooth pulled during pregnancy – the second trimester. The first trimester should be avoided if possible because it’s when the baby is first developing, and the third trimester is challenging as the stationary position may be uncomfortable for a long period of time. The second trimester is best because most of your baby’s organs will be fully developed.
You should 100% get a tooth extraction if you are in severe pain and if there’s a risk of infection or permanent damage to the gums or teeth.
Laying on back at the dentist while pregnant?
As pregnancy progresses, comfort levels will usually decrease. For this reason, sitting in a dental chair may be harder during your last trimester. If dental treatment is absolutely necessary during the third trimester, make sure not to lie on your back. Lying on your back will add pressure to your vena cava which can limit blood flow to the fetus, creating nausea or premature labor. You’ll want to lie slightly twisted to the side while having dental work done, but if possible, schedule your appointment during the second trimester.
Can you get fluoride at the dentist while pregnant?
This is a valid question that many pregnant women ask, and has been scientifically researched for years. Ultimately, it is completely safe and beneficial to your health to get fluoride treatment during pregnancy. However, make sure you only rinse and not swallow any of the fluoride directly as it can upset your stomach and give you too much fluoride at once.