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Dental Treatment While Breastfeeding Fort Mill, SC
Dr. Kavi Sagunarthy

Expectant mothers have many things on their minds when it comes to the growth and development of their babies. When a baby is born, new concerns arise as mothers want to provide the best of everything to this tiny, new person who has stolen their hearts. Protecting their children from harm, is one of the greatest priorities of any good mother, and women who are breastfeeding are often overly aware that their milk has a direct effect on their baby. Women who are breastfeeding and need dental treatment are often concerned that it will affect their ability to breastfeed or that medications used will affect the quality and safety of their milk. At Gold Hill Dentistry, we want to help clarify guidelines for mothers who are breastfeeding full term, healthy babies.

Most medications used during dental treatments are considered compatible with breastfeeding.

  • Local anesthesia – this numbing medication is administered directly in the location that requires care. It is given in a small amount to localize the effect of the medication. Such a small dosage is very unlikely to pass on into a mother’s milk supply. If any does pass, it will be greatly diluted in a very short amount of time, and will have no effect on the baby.
  • General anesthesia – general anesthesia does pass into the blood stream, but it is a carefully controlled substance. Administered according to a person’s weight, amounts given are compatible to each person specifically. Once a person is taken off general anesthesia, the affects wear off quickly. Generally, by the time a mother is awake and cognizant enough to hold her baby, the amount of medication in her system is low enough that it will not affect her breast milk.
  • Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) – commonly used as an oral sedation, nitrous oxide is virtually insoluble in the blood stream. This inhaled substance goes from the mouth and nose, to the brain, to the lungs, and then expelled to the air in the room. The rapid elimination of this medication makes it highly unlikely that any will cross into a mother’s milk.
  • X-rays – while not a medication, many breastfeeding women worry about radiation affecting their milk supply. During X-rays, a lead apron is lain across the body for protection. During dental X-rays, radiation exposure is quite low and the breasts are fully protected.

At Gold Hill Dentistry, we respect breastfeeding mothers’ concerns. Please speak with us openly about any concerns that you may have before treatment. There is also an InfantRisk Center that provides a hotline for questions regarding medications taken or administered while pregnant or nursing. The number is (806) 352-2519 and we encourage you to call them if you would like more clarification. The entire staff at Gold Hill Dentistry looks forward to serving you and providing the expert care you deserve.

Posted on behalf of Gold Hill Dentistry

2848 Pleasant Road, #104
Fort Mill, SC 29708

Phone: (803) 547-4466

Our Client Reviews

Gold Hill Dentistry

4.4 / 5.0

Based on 97 reviews

Marsha Rose

The staff at Gold Hill Dentistry is wonderful. They are polite, professional and helpful I have a history of working as both a dental assistant and hygienist in another state. I’m extremely particular when it comes to my dental care. My daughter recommended Gold Hill. I am very pleased with my dental care. I highly recommend the practice.

Don Rowley

The entire staff at Gold Hill Family Dentistry are professional, friendly, and very good at what they do. I’ve made numerous recommendations to family and friends. Very happy with the dental work they do. Scheduling, insurance processing, and follow up are always first class. Dr Kavi is the man.

Angelique Autumn McGowan

I highly recommend this dental practice. The staff are gracious, helpful, courteous and accommodating. Dr. Sagunarthy is a wonderful dentist. This is from someone who has always suffered with dental and gum issues. He is current on dental information, kind, gentle and professional! I am so happy to have found this practice!

Richard DeCristo

Dr. Sagunarthy is one of if not the best dentist I ever went to. He recently replaced a crown that was botched by another dentist and the procedure was done perfectly and painlessly. I first went to Gold Hill Dentistry for a second opinion on four crowns and maybe a root canal I needed asap from another dentist in Fort Mill. As it turned out I needed the crown replacement and only one other at a later date. That’s about $6000.00 I saved leaving this OTHER FORT MILL DENTIST. In addition to this wonderful dentist, the total staff is outstanding.

Chrissy Jaselskis

Awesome dentist. Everyone was nice and professional. Very thorough job cleaning my teeth. Lots of great conversations. Staff made an uncomfortable place for me very comfortable. Thank you.

Thomas Dorsett

Very professional and caring staff. Highly recommend the service, they take personal care with all patience. I have experienced some of the best Hygienist.

Bill Strickland

Great staff. Very knowledgeable and friendly. Would heartily recommend as they have been taking care of my family for years.

Midge Zimmerman

I have dental anxiety. I dreaded locating a dentist after recently moving to the area. I had gone to another dentist in the area but quickly changed to Gold Hill Denistry. Dr. Sagarnathy and staff are always kind, gentle and concerned with my well being. They also do a really good dental work. Other than routine work, I have had an implant, and chipped tooth repaired, all are doing well.

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2848 Pleasant Road, #104
Fort Mill, SC 29708

Phone: (803) 547-4466