Allergies and Dental Visits
There are certain allergies that can be triggered by going to the dentist. Hopefully you’re aware of any allergies you have when visiting a medical or dental office. We are a Vero Beach dental establishment that specializes in a variety of services involving maintaining a healthy smile for you. Some of our main services include dental implants and treating periodontal diseases that need surgical cleanings.
During these routine services, you may come into contact with materials you are allergic to. Letting us know that you have potential allergy issues is important when we are planning out your care with us. Let’s look at what some of those allergies are in relation to getting periodontal services done at our practice, Vero Implants & Periodontics.
You May Be Allergic to Latex
Latex is a common material used in the healthcare and dental industries for protective gloves the staff wears. When someone has a latex allergy, if they come into contact with any latex, they may experience symptoms that range from trouble breathing to hives and a tight throat. In the worst-case scenario, the patient could develop anaphylaxis, which is life-threatening and requires an anti-allergy injection from an EpiPen (epinephrine auto-injector).
So if you know that you’re allergic to latex, please let us know beforehand. We have alternative gloves that aren’t made of latex that we are happy to use during any of the work we perform on your mouth and gums.
Different Sedation Allergies From Anesthesia
We use a variety of different forms of anesthesia during sedation dentistry. That can include nitrous oxide, oral sedation, IV sedation, or general anesthesia for longer procedures. Your comfort is of the utmost importance to us. With that being said, it’s common for people to experience mild reaction symptoms at times, like shortness of breath or itching on the skin.
Not all people know for sure if they have true allergies to anesthesia, but talk to us about your previous experiences with sedation and if there were any problems for you. We are also trained to recognize adverse reactions and true allergic responses to sedation, so you’re in great hands with our entire staff.
Allergic Reactions Around the Mouth or Gums
During your visit, depending on which services you are getting, you’ll be coming into contact with a variety of dental materials and chemicals. Some of these may cause contact dermatitis around the mouth area, or your gums may experience irritation. A number of materials in dental implants (crowns), cleaning materials, flavors in mouth rinse or toothpaste, and dental amalgam fillings could cause a potential allergic response. Just let us know if you’ve experienced any significant mouth irritation after dental procedures. We can then make adjustments if necessary.
Seasonal Allergies Can Cause Dental Problems
Another topic about allergies and dentistry involves seasonal allergies. When you have these types of allergies to things in the environment like pollen, it can affect your breathing. This can lead to breathing heavily through your mouth causing dry mouth and other oral issues. Without enough saliva in your mouth, you’re more likely to develop tooth decay or periodontal diseases (gum disease). There is even a chance for more serious oral infections to develop. Talk to your dentist and let them know if you have seasonal allergies.
At Vero Implants & Periodontics we want you to be completely upfront about any medical history or allergies you may have. That will help us to provide the best possible care for you. Give us a call or send us a message to schedule your appointment today.