Questions about dental care are common for expecting mothers. Although some dental work may be postponed until after the birth, emergency dental work such as a root canal may be necessary. Such dental care is not only safe during pregnancy but can also prevent long-term health problems for both the mother and child.
To provide the highest quality of care, we ask that you speak with your obstetrician before your dental appointment and require written authorization before treatment. Your obstetrician may also outline any special considerations or protocols. Please contact our office if you have any questions or need us to coordinate treatment with your obstetrician. We can be reached at 480-855-8800.
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Generally, acceptable protocols may include:
- X-rays with abdominal sheilding
- Numbing with Septocaine, Lidocaine, or Xylocaine is OK, but please no epinephrine.
- If not allergic, Penicillin, Augmentin, and Clindamycin are generally OK as antibiotics.
- Tylenol may be prescribed for severe pain. Please consult your medical doctor regarding narcotic pain medications and the use of NSAIDS.
- If necessary, endodontics (root canals) may be performed during pregnancy. The preferred period for dental work is from 14-22 weeks.
Information provided in consultation with New Horizons Women’s Care and Arizona OBGYN Affiliates.