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I have a problem with my teeth. I have 5 cavities that are in bad shape. I had 4 more that I had filled before I got pregnant. The dentist said they are so bad that if I don't have them filled soon we'll be looking at root canals, etc. They said it was safe to use novacaine in the second and third trimesters, but I haven't done any research on this so I wanted to find out if anyone else has gone through this. The cavities are very deep so I definately have to use novacaine. I had intended on waiting until after I have the baby to fill the rest of them, but root canals do not sound fun to me. What's your advice?
 

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I have the same issue. And, I am due next April, like you are. I asked my dentist about it (and several other people) and, from what I understand, novacain is safe. You should avoid x-rays and nitrous or anything like that.<br><br>
I hope that helps. I feel for you about the cavities, by the way. I have 3 small and 2 larger cavities that need to be filled. Ouch!
 

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This is sorta OT, and doesn't really answer your query mum2lillie, but I just think it is so ironic that for most pregnant women, there is so much concern about drugs during pregnancy (like novacaine w/ dental work) and yet, during labor, <span style="text-decoration:underline;">which is still a part of pregnancy</span>, most women wonder <i>which</i> of the many drug options to choose.<br><br>
I am not in any way saying that you are careless for getting novocaine w/ your dentalwork or choosing drugs in a hospital birth--I just thought about this irony when I was reading the post.<br><br>
AND I don't know if this helps, but the main component of the epidural drug cocktail are drugs that are '-caine' drugs, like Novocaine (lidocaine) bupivacaine, Ropivacaine, probably more. I am no anesthesiologist or doctor, but common sense suggests that those drugs are drugs, whether they're administered into the epidural space of your spine while pregnant, or into your gums while pregnant. Common sense also suggests that the dose delivered to your gums for dental work would be <b>much</b> les than what an epidural would provide, and, since you'd still be pretty pregnant with weeks to go 'til birth, YOUR liver will clean up all the novicaine lickity-split, which is not what happens during labor, and why one side effect epidural babies can experience is to be more 'sleepy', since their bodys' immature livers have to work out some of the drugs themselves.<br><br>
(Yes, CO-caine is another '-caine' drug!<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"> )
 

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My main concern about getting novacaine during pregnancy is the fact that it is a drug. I homebirth so I obviously don't use drugs during labor and also don't take any prescription or non-prescription drugs during pregnancy. I certainly don't take the dentist advice that the novacaine during the later trimesters is safe. I have to do the research myself and find out what the risks are. But, if the choice is filling cavities now or dealing with several root canals later, I'm hoping that the fillings are a safe route.<br><br>
Tinyshoes, I don't understand why women have no problems using drugs during labor. It certainly isn't a choice for me, but that's my thing. I'm a homebirther and training to become a natural childbirth educator. That's a choice that people have to make for themselves I suppose.
 

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you might check in the dental forums and dental archives. there's lots of great info there.<br><br>
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I think it's better to deal with the problems now than wait until they turn into bigger problems. You do not want to take the time away from your newborn and then deal with painful mouth issues while you're nursing and sleep deprived!<br><br>
Also, I just read about a study yesterday that showed that women who got dental cleanings during pregnancy were less likely to go into premature labor. I think the bacteria in your mouth (which are also linked w/heart disease, BTW) can be responsible for triggering premature labor.
 
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