Just to say, I don't know if I am pg or not. I am TTC (and am on those threads). I don't find out until the beginning of August if I am - and the chances are like any other month I guess. But I have to have a root canal done on Friday and after behaving like a completebaby understandably worried person there yesterday the dentist says I have to have it under sedation on Friday. Am v worried about potential risks to v small potential foetus. Anyone have this procedure done, when pg or otherwise? Are there risks? google says it's not recommended and I want to know how much it is not recommended...
I had root canal done when I was about 14 weeks pregnant. I did have to have xrays but was told the risk was very small, the lowest radiation xrays you can get done and not pointed anywhere near the baby.
Anyway that aside I am a very very nervous dental patient but didn't have sedation to get the treatment as I am pregnant, it was an hour 1/2 long but was totally fine, no pain at all, in fact I have no idea what I was making all the fuss was bout really, it's just a bit of a strange procedure.
Maybe you should talk to the dentist and get it done without sedation? You should at least tell them there is a possibility you could be pregnant. You will need xrays uf you have not already had them. good luck, honestly it was fine!!
PS just to add I didn't have much choice but to have it, there was no way it could wait and my dentist had to weight up the risks against the risks of getting an infection. I also spoke to the midwife who agreed that an infection was a higher risk.
You need to discuss with the dentist prior to your appointment. Tell him/her you are ttc and a possibility you might be pg. There are drugs that are more suited to pregnancy, although early on is infinately more risky, ditto for xrays, much better to have after 12 weeks. Is there anyway you can wait?
I tried to do it the hard (non sedated) way yesterday and kept jerking involuntarily so he refused to carry on. have to do it under sedation and it has to be done in the next 2 weeks really as have dental abcess. Argh! I have told them, and they have said to speak to the anaesthetist on Friday... but might have to sign a disclaimer.
As an ex-dentist (now a lawyer) I can say that small dental x-rays will give you less radiation than getting on a plane and flying somewhere, so I really wouldn't worry about those.
Why don't you time your appointment for when you know you are definitely not going to be pregnant? For example within 1-2 weeks of the start of your next period? Then you can have the sedation, knowing that it won't be any risk.
If you mention to your dentist that you may be pregnant and are in the last 2 weeks of your cycle, it is unlikely that he will be happy to give you IV sedation. Similarly if you are definitely pregnant, he won't want to do it with IV sedation. It just isn't worth the possible risk.
A few dentists offer treatment using the same gas and air mixture that is used for labour, so its worth asking if that is a possibility.
Why not try it without IV sedation? Having root canal treatment is no different from having a filling, except it takes a bit longer and may need more than one appointment. Once the tooth is numb it will be fine and you'll wonder what you were worrying about. It certainly will be nothing compared to childbirth!
I had root canal at 8 weeks and 17 weeks and everything is fine. I had x rays and local anesthetic. As some people above had said, dental x rays are so low in radiation you really have nothing to worry about. It really wasn't a problem at all apart from the backache of sitting in a chair for so long.
If it's any help, I did get a slightly different local anesthetic because I was pregnant. I think he said it had lower adrenalin levels in it but everything was great and I didn't feel a thing.
Just to also add. I'm also having twins and get a scan every two weeks because of this. I have had 4 scans since my treatment and everything is fine.