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Tuesday, March 20, 2018
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Pregnancy and Oral Health

Good Oral Health Is Essential During Pregnancy


Despite the fact that good oral health is essential for the overall health of both mother and child, only 22 to 34 percent of women in the United States visit a dentist during pregnancy.

Learn what those dental words mean.

Check out how your teeth and mouth change in every stage of life.



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The Facts on Sedation

Chapter: What Medications Are Involved?

To reach a level of minimal sedation, a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen (30-50 percent) may be used, possibly in combination with a minimal dose of an anti-anxiety (benzodiazepine) pill. In combination with nitrous gas, it is important that patients take only one type of drug under minimal sedation.


Moderately sedated patients also generally take benzodiazepines. The most common  benzodiazepines prescribed by dentists include Valium®, Halcion, Xanax,and Ativan. Patients who are deeply sedated may receive benzodiazepines combined with opioids.
Reviewed: January 2012