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Old 04-03-2009, 03:33 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I have a dentist appt. tomorrow afternoon and I need to know if laughing gas is safe. I don't know for sure that I'm pregnant but we are TTC and I have a strong feeling about this month. I looked online and found conflicting reports on the safety. Since I haven't confirmed yet I'm sure it would be fine since many women go to the dentist without knowing they are pregnant but I'll need to go back several times in the next few weeks to have it finished. I'm a total chicken when it comes to the dentist and don't know if I can do it without the gas, funny huh since I homebirth.

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It is "probably" ok.

Is there any chance that you can put off getting this work done until after your first trimester? Or at least until you know if you are PG or not? If not, I'd suggest getting only the novacaine as it is a local anesthetic and it is better to have dental work done than to ignore it and possibly get an abscess or have an infection that spreads throughout the body.

The only studies I've seen/read about laughing gas was one back in the nineties that showed that repeated exposure lead to fertility problems, but that was in dental hygenists and dentists. So, most likely, being exposed a couple of times won't do anything, but that is entirely up to you what you are comfortable with.

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Nitrous oxide is used as pain relief in labour over here (combined with oxygen.) If you're not pregnant yet (or only just pregnant) there's no placenta or shared blood supply so you should be entirely fine.

Your chart looks really good, btw

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Thanks ladies,
Unfortunately I only have dental insurance until mid May so I do have to get it all done now. I have a broken molar (ouch) and begging gum problems so they are doing a under the gum cleaning, which requires shots. And I'm hoping my chart keeps up. The closer it gets to test day the more nervous I get about AF coming and ruining my parade.

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