I am FINALLY getting my wisdom teeth out next month. I've been needing to for years and kept putting it off. Well we have the money in our flex spending account so I need to do it before the year's end, so I finally made an appointment with an oral surgeon. I am still nursing my almost-year-old son every 2-3 hours all day and all night long! Does anyone know what kind of sedative they will give me when I have the surgery, and what kind of pain meds I will be taking afterwards? I asked the hygenist when I made my appointment but she didn't know anything really about breastfeeding... I plan to ask the surgeon at our consultation on the 17th but I am curious if anyone here has any info/experience they can share with me.
Will I need to "pump and dump" and if so, for how long? Are any of the meds I will take safe for breastfeeding? What kind of pain meds will I need to take afterwards? :headscratch:
09-12-2007, 02:08 PM
I just had fillings, the dentist used nitrous oxide and novocaine. The nitrous is out of your system really quickly. When I had wisdom teeth removed years ago I was put completely under. Although my DH had his removed under a combo of nitrous and novocaine. I was given Tylenol 3 (Tylenol with codeine) DH was given just plain Tylenol. Codeine is safe for breastfeeding. So, I think you should be okay, it will just depend on the type of anesthetic they use.
09-12-2007, 02:16 PM
I was given Tylenol 3 (Tylenol with codeine) DH was given just plain Tylenol. Codeine is safe for breastfeeding. So, I think you should be okay, it will just depend on the type of anesthetic they use.
Please do a bit of research regarding codeine and BFing. Recent research has shown codeine to pass through the breastmilk and possibly lead to dangerous levels of morphine in baby's bloodstream-although this is with daily use for a certain # of days. Something about many women lacking an enzyme to break down the codeine. I'll see if I can find a linky but this was recently annouonced by Dr. Hale.
I had a wisdom tooth pulled and am deathly afraid of dentists, so I had to take a Valium before the procedure, then he used novacaine. Afterwards...I don't think I took anything...just tylenol. Both the valium and novacaine are ok for BFing. Call the link in my siggy if you want to ask more questions- it's the nat'l LLL hotline. GL
09-12-2007, 06:39 PM
I'm getting 5 teeth removed too (2 of which are wisdom teeth, well what's left of them that is). I was told to double check with your dentist too. You may luck out and have a dentist that is up on bfing and knows. The LLL also told me to double check with them and what they will be using. last tooth I had removed was done with just a few shots of novacaine and I didn't take any pain meds afterwards either so I didn't have much to worry about. But my DH had all 4 wisdom teeth removed and they had to knock him out.
09-12-2007, 06:41 PM
I had it done a few months ago and I was told that the meds were ok. Actually I took prescription motrin after which is what they prescribed after childbirth and it was ok:)
09-12-2007, 07:11 PM
I just had ALOT (1 extraction, 1 root canal, and 20 fillings!)of dental work done and had IV sedation to do it...I was told that as soon as they undo the IV the medicine starts to go away and as soon as you feel fine go ahead and nurse..
I nursed before I went, got home at 1pm, pumped and dumped, went to sleep, woke up at 5pm and felt almost normal so I pumped again and dumped, then I did the 7pm feeding...we were fine!
I was given motrin and vicodin for pain...never used the vicodin and used 4 of the motrins...
09-12-2007, 07:18 PM
They put me under and advised me to pump and dump for 24 hrs. I was told that vicodin is OK while BFing, so that's what I took for the pain, when needed. I ended up getting a dry socket and was in massive pain. :yuck: I had to go back in and get it stuffed w/some kind of numbing thing. :headscratch: Can't remember-it was about 9 years ago. Good luck, mama!
09-13-2007, 02:59 PM
i didn't have dental work but 1 month after dd was born i had a colonoscopy which they put me out for. Those Dr.'s told me that they recommend having at least 8hrs. of breast milk stored before the procedure...the day of the procedure the nurses and the Dr. told me that as soon i feel the effects wear off it is out of my system...they say 8 hrs. to make mothers feel better, but i really can breastfeed as soon as i wake up. i used to nanny for a Dr. and he asked his specialist friends and they all told him that as soon as you wake up it has worn off and is not in your system anywhere and the breastmilk doesn't make it last longer. I would check on whatever pain meds they give you for before or after, but general anesthesia should be fine....i know i had my gall bladder taken out while pregnant with ds and getting put out was safe then...although the Dr. (for colonoscopy) did joke that what my hubby could have done was breastfed the baby while i was still sleepy and then the baby would have slept for him too...lol...(of course the Dr. was really joking and not serious at all)...dental work is no fun at all so enjoy.
09-13-2007, 03:04 PM
My mother is a CLC, and Codeine is a highly controversal drug. It concentrates in breastmilk and can lead to an overdose in babies...so ask for something other then that when they give you meds. Vicoden(sp?) is a Benefits versus risk type of drug.
Best stuff that is the safest is Demorol and Phenergan(if the demorol makes you icky feeling.)
I was semi put out when I had mine done. I don't remember what drugs they used, but I'm sure just pumping dumping a feeding or so would suffice no matter what! :)
09-13-2007, 10:58 PM
I had no idea about the Codeine!
I was going by safefetus.com. I will definitely do some more research! (Even though I shouldn't need it anytime in the future)
09-19-2007, 10:21 AM
You shouldnt have to worry mama.. I had 2 of my wisdom teeth extracted when DD was 4 months old. I was not sedated during the procedure, and they sent me home with Vicodin for pain control. I continued nursing as normal. Well, except my extraction apparently went horribly bad and I wound up in the ER that night in pain far more severe than chldbirth and with a cheek the size of a softball (I had a major infection). I was given morphine and sent home with percoset which I continued to take for the next several days, but was still able to nurse while taking it. Honestly, with the latest info on codeine Id reccomend vicodin for pain relief.. Ive been on it fairly regularly (for other health issues) throughout pregnancy and nursing with no ill effects on my daughter.