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Probably a dumb question, but I'm going to be making an appointment to see my dentist because I think I might have a cavity. If I do, is it okay to have dental work and novocaine or other local numbing medications while breastfeeding?<br><br>
My son is 20 months and nurses just a few times a day now.<br><br>
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Oh, just looked up on the net that Lidocaine (Xylocaine) is considered the safest. Guess I'll have to ask if they can use that on me if dental work is necessary?
 

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Novacaine is fine. If you can, ask for the kind without epinephrine -- it doesn't tend to last as long, but it also won't make you jumpy. It really goes out of your system quickly.<br><br>
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I had Novacaine last week for some fillings, and the only one who suffered was me (not during the procedure, but my teeth are still tender!).
 

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i'm glad someone asked this - i have two dentist appts scheduled just weeks after my son is born and was wondering how they would affect.
 

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kellymom info on dental work: <a href="http://www.kellymom.com/health/illness/dentalwork.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/health/illness/dentalwork.html</a><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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Great, thank yall very much. We are also TTC after a loss, so if I have an exam during the 2WW I will refuse x-rays. And I'll talk to my OB before having any work done. I'm hoping it's just a stain and not a cavity!<br><br>
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How bout not getting numbed at all its really not that bad.... theres seriously only 10 seconds of pain that is spreadout through the whole process..... I really have ALOT of experience as I've had 20+ cavities filled(with the white and the metal) w/o and medication......
 

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Oh goodness treqi, you are a better woman than I! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I have a very low tolerance for pain...I've gotta have at least a little something!<br><br>
Hopefully it's just a stain and not a cavity.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">How bout not getting numbed at all its really not that bad.... theres seriously only 10 seconds of pain that is spreadout through the whole process..... I really have ALOT of experience as I've had 20+ cavities filled(with the white and the metal) w/o and medication......</div>
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Thanks for reminding me of that treqi. I had cavities filled as a teen w/o being numbed. It was absolutely no big deal <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"> (though my dentist kept cringing in concern). I think I have a cavity and was a bit concerned about getting it filled. I just won't get numbed <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/duh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="duh">
 

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it's fine. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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