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If you have had a baby and are nursing, congratulations! We want you to know that you can still keep your breastfed baby and your smile during this important time in your life. This means you don’t have to put off having dental work done until your baby is no longer nursing.

Dental materials, such as local anesthetics, oral sedation, nitrous oxide, laser dentistry and dental X-rays do not impact your breastmilk, so no pumping and dumping is required.

Some breastfeeding moms express concern about local anesthetics. Whether your dentist employes lidocaine, carbocaine or bupivacaine, they are all safe because the milk levels are “zero”. You can learn more about evaluating medication for breastfeeding mothers, written by Dr. Thomas Hale, in his reference book, Medications & Mother’s Milk.

Even taking one dose of an oral sedative such as valium prior to a dental procedure is safe to use as the level of anesthetic in your milk is minimal to zero. Typically, medications used in dental procedures by oral or IV sedation is compatible with nursing your child. Nitrous oxide is insoluble in the system and is gone within 3-5 minutes after you stop breathing it.

We are happy to address any questions or concerns you may have, and you can reach out to our dentist, Dr. Alfred Haeberer. Our Haeberer Family & Cosmetic Dentistry team in Sterling, Virginia, can be reached by calling 703-433-2155, and look forward to helping you care for you smile as you continue to breastfeed.