How An Allergy Can Mess Up Your Dental Treatment

When you go to the dentist, you expect to get relief from your dental ailment, and not to get sicker. Unfortunately, you can end up feeling sick after your dental treatment if you develop allergic reactions during the treatment. Here are some of the things that dental patients are usually allergic to:

The Dental Drugs

Some people are allergic to some of the drugs used in dental treatments. What is more, they may not even be aware they are allergic to the drugs (meaning it may not appear anywhere in their medical or dental records) if they have never used such drugs before. For example, antibiotics and penicillin are some of the most common dental drugs today, and both of them produce allergic reactions in some people. There are also those who are allergic to local anesthesia, which is also a common dental drug; for example, you may be given a local anesthesia during a tooth extraction to numb the pain.

The Dental Filling Materials

You may also develop an allergic reaction to the materials used in the dental filling. For example, a few people are allergic to metal (silver) amalgam fillings even though medics believe that it is not the metal, but rather the mercury (or other substances) in the amalgam that is responsible for the allergic reactions.  

Again, you may not be aware of the issues if this is your first time getting into contact with metal amalgam materials. Whatever the case, your orthodontist will have to switch to safer (for you) materials, such as gold, if you experience allergic reactions such as itching and skin rashes after getting a metal amalgam dental filling.

The Rubber

Natural rubber or latex is a common product in dental instruments and materials. For example, it is used in making hand gloves and medicine stoppers, both of which are commonly used in dental practices. Even though many dentists are aware of latex allergies, and there are lots of dental materials without natural latex, some people still come into contact with the material and develop allergic reactions. Since rubber is a common material even in everyday life, most of those who are allergic to it are already aware of the condition. If that is the case with you, then this is one of the first things you should tell your dentist when you go for a consultation.

Alert your preferred dentistry services if there is anything you are allergic to. The good news is that most dentists have allergy drugs on hand to help deal with such emergencies.