Special Considerations for Pregnant Women Receiving TENS Treatments in Dentistry

Pregnancy should not be a reason to delay dental treatment. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), there are very few contraindications for dental care and treatment during pregnancy, except for some high-risk pregnancies. Oral conditions that require immediate attention, such as periodontal or endodontic treatment, extractions, or restoration of untreated cavities, can be managed at any time during pregnancy. It is important to understand the physiological changes in the body and the effects of dental radiation and medications used in dentistry for pregnant women, nursing mothers, and fetuses. Cross-sectional studies have demonstrated a reduction in total stimulated salivary flow in pregnant women, but longitudinal studies have shown no change in total stimulated salivary flow. TENS treatments are a type of electrical stimulation used to reduce pain.

It is generally considered safe for pregnant women, but there are some special considerations that should be taken into account. For example, pregnant women should avoid direct contact with the electrodes as this could cause discomfort or even harm the fetus. Additionally, pregnant women should avoid using TENS treatments on areas of the body that are close to the uterus as this could cause contractions. It is important to consult with a healthcare professional before undergoing any type of treatment during pregnancy. A healthcare professional can provide advice on the safety of TENS treatments and any other treatments that may be necessary during pregnancy.

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