Many people suffer from dental fear or anxiety. While not necessarily an issue, it can be if it’s preventing you from getting needed care. Fortunately, you don’t have to put off visiting your dentist any longer. Sedation dentistry is an excellent way to help patients in the treatment chair feel at ease. But what if you’re pregnant? You may wonder if it’s safe for you and your developing baby to take advantage of this option. Read on to learn more from your dentist in Irving about the safety of dental sedation during pregnancy.
How Does Pregnancy Affect Your Oral Health?
Pregnancy can worsen some oral health conditions or even create new ones. For that reason, it’s incredibly important to stay on top of your routine checkups and practice healthy habits to keep you and your baby in stellar standing. Some issues that can arise include:
- Pregnancy Gingivitis: Hormonal changes affect the mouth, causing some women to develop pregnancy gingivitis. It’s characterized as the inflammation of the gums that results in swelling and tenderness. If left untreated, it can become a more advanced form of gum disease.
- Tooth Decay: Pregnant women are at risk of cavities because they’re consuming more carbohydrates than usual and typically have morning sickness which increases the amount of acid exposure in their mouth.
- Tumors: Some women have overgrowths of tissue called “pregnancy tumors” that appear on the gums. They may be related to excess plaque buildup.
Is Dental Sedation Safe During Pregnancy?
Using dental sedation during the first trimester can lead to problems with development, mainly because the drugs used can pass on to the fetus through the placenta. If you use sedation during the third trimester, it may encourage premature labor. The best time to receive sedation is typically during the second trimester of pregnancy. If you must receive sedation, it’s ideal to ask for the minimal amount possible that makes you feel comfortable.
Which Dental Procedures Are Safe for Pregnant Women?
You should get your teeth regularly cleaned and examined throughout your pregnancy. Because of the higher hormone levels, pregnant women are more likely to experience gum inflammation, bleeding, and irritation. It’s also crucial to do everything possible to prevent infections, which includes getting a filling or crown. If you’re interested in elective or cosmetic work, it’s best to wait until after the baby is born to avoid any possible risk of complications.
Are you expecting a little bundle of joy? Be sure to let your dentist know how far along you are so they can take all the necessary precautions for you and your baby. The health of you both is always a priority for your dental team!
About the Practice
Whenever you visit 21st Century Dental of Irving, you’ll have access to our experienced team of dentists who all bring unique skills to the table. They provide patients with an array of treatment options (including specialty care) in one convenient office space while sharing the same goal – comfortable, high-quality dentistry. We offer nitrous oxide sedation (free), oral conscious sedation, IV sedation, or NuCalm sedation. To learn more about all your options, schedule a consultation on our website or call (972) 255-3712.