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Going To The Dentist

by Anne Sommers, Licensed Midwife |
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Q There is a remote possiblity that I might be pregnant and I have to have my wisdom teeth out. I was wondering if the drugs Cephalexin and Dexamethasone would affect the fetus.

A It is always better to not have x-rays, surgery, or take medications while you are pregnant. If you can wait to have your wisdom teeth pulled, you may consider doing so. Even if you can wait until after the first trimester, it would be better for the developing baby. It is very important to tell your dentist that you are pregnant. Many dentists will not due surgery on pregnant women and your dentist may adjust your medication accordingly. Penicillin and amoxicillin are commonly used during pregnancy to treat infections. However the drug you mentioned, cephalexin (generic Keflex) is an antibiotic, and according to my PDR, "should be used during pregnancy only if cleary needed." The other medication, dexamethasone, according to the PDR is a cortisteriod, and its use, since adequate reproductive studies have not been done, "requires that the anticipated benefits be weighed against the possible hazards to the mother and fetus." Again, I highly encourage you to discuss this with your doctor and dentist.

Best wishes
Anne Sommers

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Anne Sommers, LM is a Licensed Midwife in Southern California and founder of Agape Perinatal Consultation & Birthing Services. Anne has attended and personally delivered hundreds of beautiful bouncing babies in some very wonderful and natural settings -- like in the water! She has appeared on various Southern California radio and cable television shows, talked to birth organizations, was editor for several child birth publications and was the owner, editor and publisher of "Mom" Magazine, a quarterly publication in circulation for over seven years. She completed Seattle Midwifery School's Challenge Process and the NARM exam (supervised by the California Medical Board) qualifying her for midwifery licensure. Anne actually made history as noted in the Orange County Register for being one of Southern California's first Licensed Midwives. She is also the mother of two children, born at home, with the attendance of midwives. The Baby Corner The Baby Corner - The Magazine for Expecting & New Parents

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