In our previous blog, we discussed some dental allergies patients may experience when they go to the dentist. In part two of this series, we will be discussing the other types of dental allergies that can occur.
What is Contact Dermatitis?
Sometimes, a latex allergy can actually be a form of contact dermatitis. When skin touches certain chemicals in soaps, perfumes, or makeup, it results in contact dermatitis. The symptoms of this reaction are dry, tingling, and inflamed skin.
Contact dermatitis comes in two forms:
– Allergic contact dermatitis is a skin allergy caused by poison ivy, metals such as nickel, makeup products, latex gloves, or jewelry.
– Irritant contact dermatitis happens when a substance aggravates the skin over some time.
Many patients experience reactions to dental products such as toothpaste and fluoride solutions, like amalgam fillings, and chemicals in dental porcelain and bonding. Many of these reactions occur on the tongue, skin, gums, and lips.
Can I Be Allergic to Local Anesthetic?
The use of local anesthetic helps make procedures such as tooth extraction or fillings manageable for the patient, but some patients may have an allergic reaction to the local anesthetic used during a procedure. Here are some warning signs for an allergic reaction to anesthetic:
After the local anapestic is applied, patients may experience swelling of the mouth and in some severe cases, trouble breathing. Other side effects can occur such as feelings of anxiety and intensified heart rate, hyperventilation, as well as contact dermatitis.
The effects of these allergic reactions could be caused by several circumstances, such as a sensitivity to epinephrine and preservatives such as methylparaben. If you think you may be allergic to any of these substances, a skin test may be administered to see the reaction.
Make sure to share any past dental history of an allergic reaction with your dentist. This information is vital in finding the correct local anesthetic choice.
At your next visit to TLC Dental Care, be sure to speak to Dr. Clauson about any allergies you may have. She wants to make your dental experience as positive as possible. Schedule an appointment today!