Am I Allergic to My Dentist? – Part 2

In our last blog, we posted about dental allergies patients may experience at the dentists. In this post, we’re discussing dental allergies in more detail. 

What is Contact Dermatitis?

An allergic reaction can occur on the surface of the skin when it comes into contact with certain substances. This is referred to as contact dermatitis. This reaction can be caused by reactions to a chemical in certain soaps, beauty products, or perfumes. The results of this reaction are dry, itchy, and burning skin. 

There are two forms of contact dermatitis:

  • Allergic contact dermatitis occurs from an allergy to cosmetic makeup products, metals like nickel, poison ivy, latex gloves, or fashion jewelry.
  • Irritant contact dermatitis occurs when a substance has irritated our skin over a period of time. 

Sometimes patients have reactions to materials in dental bonding and porcelain, amalgam fillings, or toothpaste and fluoride techniques. The spots that are normally affected are the gums, lips, tongue, and skin.

Can I Be Allergic to Local anesthetic?

The invention of local anesthetic has made tooth fillings or tooth extractions tolerable. There are some patients who are allergic to this great invention, though. If the patient has never used this medicine before, there are some tell-tell signs to observe that indicate an allergic reaction.

Swelling of the mouth may occur after the local anesthetic is given. In very extreme cases, difficulty breathing occurs as a side effect as well. Hyperventilation, contact dermatitis, raised heart rate, and feelings of fear, are additionally possible side effects.

Why would a patient be allergic to local anesthetics? There is an assortment of factors such as allergies to epinephrine and preservatives like methylparaben. Those who suspect that they are allergic to novocaine or other local anesthetics can take a skin allergy test to find out the results. 

Remember to explain your medical history to your dentist if any of these reactions have occurred. This knowledge is critical in figuring out if local anesthetics are safe to use. 

At Olney Dental Center, the safety and comfort of our patients are very important to us. Dr. Levine and his team are happy to answer any questions about our methods or to discuss your anxieties. Schedule an appointment today!

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