Dental work while Nursing

Rebecca - posted on 11/08/2008 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Does anyone know what precautions (if any) I need to take if I'm going to get some dental work done? Should I be worried about local anesthesia?

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Joanie - posted on 11/09/2008

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Lidocaine is a local anesthetic (like novocaine) so it should be fine. But always tell any doctor that is giving you anything that you are breastfeeding.

Liz - posted on 11/09/2008

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Anyone know about lidocaine? It is injected. I'm assuming it is okay because they gave it to me in my epidural when I had my daughter.

Tracy - posted on 11/09/2008

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Make sure you tell your dentist to their face that you are breastfeeding, sometimes they don't pay attention to the form. Mine tried to prescribe me pain pills for a toothache the other day even though I told him ibuprofen was working fine. Alot of them don't know what is and is not safe for you. Ask your OBGYN before you take anything your dentist offers.

Becky - posted on 11/08/2008

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I've had dental work done too, while nursing. As long as it's just local, I wouldn't worry about it. I've never seen any affects on my boys from it.

Joanie - posted on 11/08/2008

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It's fine to get the little shot of novocaine, but I would avoid the gas or anything that might cause you to be loopy, just because if it causes you to feel loopy, it can sedate your baby, or just not be good for baby.

Colette - posted on 11/08/2008

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I am breastfeeding my 5 month old. About one month ago I had two fillings done. It wasn't a problem because I got a shot in my gums. However, I need to get a crown and my wisdom teeth pulled. Because of the anesthesia, I was told to wait from my dentists until I am done nursing. I wonder though if you have pumped milk ready for your baby while you are under anesthesia and for a while after if it would be ok. I don't know if that helped or not.

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