Local Anesthetic Use in the Pregnant and Postpartum Patient

Edgar P. Fayans, Hunter R. Stuart, David Carsten, Quen Ly, Hanna Kim

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The use of systemically absorbed drugs in the gravid and in the lactating patient is of concern to the dentist. This article reviews concerns for the health and safety of the mother, developing fetus, and neonate involving local anesthetics. The available literature on the use of local anesthetics for dentistry in the pregnant and postpartum patient is also reviewed. In addition, the physiology of the pregnant and postpartum woman is discussed because this is essential to understanding potential interplay with local anesthesia and the stress of a dental appointment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)697-713
Number of pages17
JournalDental Clinics of North America
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Fetus
  • Local anesthesia
  • Postpartum
  • Pregnant

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)


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