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Can I Have Dental Work While I’m Breastfeeding? Marietta, GA

Can I Have Dental Work While I’m Breastfeeding?

Marietta GA Family Dentist

It is an understandable and common concern for women to question any type of suggested procedure or medication while they are breastfeeding their baby. While there are certain classes of medication and anesthesia that is not safe for breastfeeding moms, the materials, sedation methods and numbing agents used in dental procedures are almost never off-limits to those who are currently nursing healthy infants or babies.

The risk of waiting to address an area of decay or infection is far worse than any potential risk of harming your baby. For most moms, the primary concern pertains to the safety or effect of the anesthesia on the mother’s milk supply. However, lidocaine and most forms of dental sedation are proven to be a “zero” in the mother’s milk. There’s no need to suspend nursing for a period of time or “pump and dump” after dental work.

Lidocaine and bupivacaine are common numbing agents used in dental procedures such as root canals, extractions or fillings. These do not show up in a mother’s milk, according to Dr. Thomas Hale, author of Medications & Mother’s Milk. To take it one step further, a nursing mom can also enjoy sedation dentistry without worry of its effect on her milk or her baby. Nitrous oxide is considered safe for kids, adults and breastfeeding women. “Laughing gas” is virtually insoluble in the bloodstream, which means it travels from the brain to the lungs to the outside air immediately after you stop inhaling it in. The accelerated recovery rate of nitrous oxide (just 3 to 5 minutes) makes ingestion via breastmilk highly unlikely.

At Gilreath Family Dentistry, we welcome your questions and concerns about dental work during pregnancy and/or breastfeeding. We promise that we will never risk the health of your baby at the cost of your treatment plan. However, with nearly all dental procedures and anesthetic methods proven safe for breastfeeding moms, we encourage you to stop putting off any needed dental treatments before it’s too late. Poor oral health can affect your overall health and wellbeing, which certainly can influence your ability to properly care for and nurture your child.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

Our Client Reviews

4.9 / 5.0

Based on 103 reviews

Susan

Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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Gilreath Family Dentistry

200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060

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