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One of the most common questions asked is if oral surgery is safe during pregnancy. Naturally patients are concerned about the health of their baby and do not want to risk anything during pregnancy. This is a good question, and always something to discuss should you need oral surgery and you are pregnant.

Typically oral surgery is not recommended when a patient is pregnant, and we feel protecting your child’s health is extremely important. With pregnant patients we avoid general anesthetic as well as sedation, and will only use local anesthetic. A recent study in 2015 by the American Dental Association found that local anesthetics do not harm an unborn child’s health.

Does It Matter What Trimester I Am In?

Another factor we consider is how far along the patient is with their pregnancy. Usually first and second trimesters are safe for oral surgery that does not require the patient to be sedated. We avoid any procedures during the third trimester because any surgery when pregnant is risky during this period.

If you are in need or oral surgery our team works closely with you to determine what is really medically necessary, and we recommend postponing the procedure until after the baby is born.

Should Oral Surgery Be Done Before Pregnancy?

We always recommend if a patient is actively trying to get pregnant, they should visit our office to ensure you have no issues. This way we know if any issues need attention right away, and what can wait until after the baby is born. We encourage our patients to always take care of any oral surgery as soon as possible, so you do not have to worry during your pregnancy.

Should Oral Surgery Be Postponed Until After Child Birth?

If you are in need of oral surgery and are pregnant we always recommend waiting until after child birth. The only time oral surgery is recommended is when the mother’s health is in danger. During the third trimester we always avoid any surgeries and take every possible precaution. You and your child’s life and health is our priority. Most oral surgeries can be postponed, and there is typically no immediate need to perform surgery during pregnancy.

We recommend patients always come in for their regular exam and cleaning even during pregnancy so we can make sure all looks and feels great. During your exam we may use x-rays to take a closer look in your mouth and jaw. X-rays are safe for pregnant patients, and are at a low radiation level where there is no risk of harm to a developing baby. During any x-rays we ask our patients to wear a shield, and this provides an extra level of protection.

If you are actively trying to get pregnant or are currently pregnant your health is our priority. We treat all of our patients with the utmost respect, and take caution and extra care during pregnancy. Our team works to keep each patient safe, and we are here support you every step of the way.

Do You Have Other Questions About Pregnancy and Oral Surgery?

If you think you need to be seen and are looking to make an appointment we recommend visiting our office. Our staff is available to take a look, and work with you to develop a customized treatment plan that works for you during your pregnancy. Our knowledgeable staff is available to answer any questions you may have.

To schedule a consultation please contact our office and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you!

Emergency Dentist

Knowing who to call in an emergency is extremely important. Doing your research ahead of time so you have a plan in place can help, and take some of the stress away. Dental emergencies can happen at any time, and knowing your dentist is close makes a big difference. Scrambling to find a dentist to handle your emergency last minute can cause delays and make the situation worse.

Why Is Finding an Emergency Dentist Ahead of Time Important?

There are various details you can research ahead of time that will help you out in a dental emergency. Talking with your dentist and understanding the emergency services they provide, as well as the hours of operation and locations available help tremendously.

  • Choose an emergency dentist in your area. This helps you get to your dentist quicker in an emergency.
  • Choose a dentist that provides services for families. If you or your children have a dental emergency it is convenient to be able to take everyone to the same dentist.
  • Ask what insurance your dentist accepts. You can call your insurance provider and ask for a list of dentists in your area that accept your plan. Knowing your dentist accepts your insurance ahead of time can help.
  • Make sure you ask if they have emergency hours and what their normal hours of operation are. Some dentists may only service emergencies at one location. Knowing where to go in an emergency is important and saves you time.
  • Inquire about what emergency services they provide. In many dental emergencies patients may need cosmetic dental work. If your dentist does not provide cosmetic services you may need to be referred to a cosmetic dentist.

Doing the research up front and knowing where to go ahead of time can help make you more prepared. Make sure your emergency dentist’s information is in a convenient place where you can access it at any time.

Interested in Finding Out More?

If you are interested in finding out what services we provide, or have questions about our emergency services, we encourage you to contact our office. Our staff is equipped to handle dental emergencies, and we provide emergency services to all of our patients. Your health is our priority, and we strive to always provide exceptional service.

For more information about our emergency services please contact our office, and our staff will be happy to assist you.

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