Ever wonder if you’re allergic to the dentist? Some patients experience dental allergies whenever they have an appointment. Many times they’re allergic to the materials used by dentists, such as latex.
If you ever experience any of the following complications, make certain to inform Dr. Dave or Dr. Mike before your next appointment.
Allergic reactions to latex are caused by certain proteins that are found in the latex material. Comparable to a peanut allergy, the body responds as if the material is a threat. The immune system goes into fight mode and directs antibodies to fight off the material. Histamine and other chemicals are released into the circulatory system, which causes an allergic reaction.
Manifestations of a latex allergy consist of:
- Itchy, red skin and/or eyes
- Rash or hives
- Scratchy throat
These are signs of a minor latex allergy. If a patient experiences more intense symptoms, it is called anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis occurs quickly and can be lethal. Get emergency medical care if you experience the following signs:
- Poor or quickened pulse
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of consciousness
At Twin Dental, we use latex-free gloves in order to avoid the allergic reactions explained above. Our concern is to ensure our patients feel safe during their appointments. If you have any questions or concerns regarding dental allergies, never hesitate to ask at your next appointment. Make an appointment today!
Look out for the second part of our Dental Allergies series!