In our previous post, we discussed dental allergies that some patients may experience while at a visit to the dentist. This post details some additional dental allergies.

What Is Contact Dermatitis?

Contact dermatitis manifests when our skin comes in contact with products such as fragrances, soaps, or beauty products. The most common side effect is dehydrated, itchy, and inflamed skin.

There are two classifications of contact dermatitis:

  • Allergic reactions to materials such as latex gloves, makeup, nickel, poison ivy, or jewelry are known as allergic contact dermatitis.
  • Irritant contact dermatitis is caused by products that aggravate our skin.

Some patients experience reactions to objects such as toothpaste and fluoride procedures, amalgam fillings, chemicals in dental bonding and porcelain. The gums, skin, lips, and tongue are areas in which the reaction occurs.

Am I Allergic to Local Anesthetic?

A dosage of local anesthetic helps patients get through an extraction or a filling without feeling a lot of pain. Some patients experience an allergic reaction when a local anesthetic is used.

The following are indicators that someone may be having an allergic reaction to the local anesthetic. Once the local anesthetic has been given, patients may experience swelling of the mouth. In extreme cases, difficulty in breathing could be a side effect as well. Other side effects of this reaction may be hyperventilation, feelings of anxiety, intensified heart rate, and contact dermatitis.

Why do some patients experience an allergic reaction to this substance? The negative reactions may be brought on by a reaction to epinephrine and chemicals such as methylparaben. Patients that may be allergic to Novocain or other local anesthetics which may require a test to diagnose.

It’s important to remember to mention to your dental practitioner any significant factors in your medical history. This information may be key in establishing if local anesthetics are the right option for you.

At Periodontal Associates of Memphis, the safety of our patients is a top priority. To help serve all patients and reduce the risk of an allergic reaction, including anaphylaxis, we are a latex-free office. Never hesitate to ask any doctor or team member any questions you may have!

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