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FAQ:  Pregnancy and Nursing Newborns



Question:
Sedation and root canal for nursing mom: I was just told I need a root canal.

I am a new mom to a 2 month old and am nursing. What are my options as far as pain medications during the procedure? IS laughing gas as effective for pain than sedation? ...Visitor from MA

Answer:
Although having a needed root canal with a little bit of local anesthetic should not be a problem, for peace of mind you can always express a days worth of milk for your newborn.

This milk can be available for your baby the 24 hours after your dental appointment. It may be wise to express some milk and "teach" your baby to use a bottle if you have not done so already.

Your OB/GYN can let you know what over the counter pain meds are safe to take after the dental treatment.

During the root canal appointment the in-office nitrous oxide (laughing gas) will clear your system before you leave the office.

If you are referring to oral or I.V. sedation for your endodontic procedure, these medications can and do stay in your system for many hours after the appointment,and would be best to avoid.

Concerning pregnancy, routine non -emergency dental treatment should be avioded in the first trimester.

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