Local Anesthetic Allergies
Local Anesthetic Allergies and Other Common Allergies Triggered At the Dentist
You might be surprised to find that we’ve seen many patients with local anesthetic allergies in St. Louis. Beyond that, there are quite a few people who have allergic reactions to fillings, bridges, latex, and more.
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It’s important to make sure that you discuss the possibility of an allergic reaction with your dentist before you go in and receive any treatment.
Local Anesthetic Allergies
It is good to know that, though reactions to local anesthetics are fairly common in our field, not all of these reactions are the cause of one having an allergic reaction. A fair amount of people have symptoms that are rooted in anxiety, fear, and hyperventilation.
Some people even have strange side effects that occur with epinephrine, which is a very common ingredient in local anesthetics, as it helps to prolong the numb feeling that we get when anesthetic is administered.
Methylparaben, which is a preservative that is added to many local anesthetics, is one of the most common causes of local anesthetic allergic reactions. Unfortunately, susceptible individuals may have their allergies triggered during certain procedures with local anesthetics, so speaking with your dentist ahead of time to avoid that is important.
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Latex is one of the primary ingredients that can be found in the majority of rubber products out there. In the healthcare industry, it just so happens to be one of the most commonly found items. Latex examination gloves can be found in just about every dentist’s office in the United States. Unfortunately, some people develop latex allergies, which can result in a number of serious side effects, including itching, wheezing, throat tightness, hives, difficulty breathing, and anaphylaxis. Here at the Dental Anesthesia Center, we use only non latex gloves to help protect those with latex allergies.
Contact dermatitis on the lips, face, and gums is another possibility for those who are allergic to certain materials or chemicals used at the dentist’s office. Bonding, porcelain, and dental amalgam, all include certain ingredients that could trigger irritation or allergic reactions. This also goes for some of the ingredients found in certain toothpaste, mouthwashes, and fluoride treatments, as some people experience itchiness, redness, and rashes around the lips and mouth.
Dental dams that utilize rubber compounds, even rubber compounds beyond latex, can have a contact dermatitis side effect.
Again, make sure to speak with your dentist beforehand and go over any allergies you might have so that they can keep you safe and comfortable throughout your visit.
Making Your First Appointment
Here at the Dental Anesthesia Center, we’ve been working with sedation and sleep dentistry for over 25 years. Our dentists specialize in a number of different kinds of dentistry, including geriatric dentistry, special needs dentistry, and much, much more.
We are able to treat patients with local anesthetic allergies in the St. Louis area, so if you have been avoiding the dentist due to a fear of an allergic reaction, fear no more. Contact us and set up your first appointment. We promise to work with you to provide the best dental experience possible!
My son is in need for oral surgery and Dr. Thoms was so kind and gentle with my son! We are so blessed to have found this team!
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I actually Love everyone at the Dental Anesthesia Center. I have been going there for many years. But Dianna Dieffenbach Is my Hygienist. I Love how gentle and caring she is and yet how thorough she is. I hope I never have to go to a different place. Thanks to Dr. Hoffman I can smile and Thanks to Dianna for keeping it that way.
Very professional and clean environment
Best dental office for all your dental needs! Highly recommend!
The office felt welcoming, and the staff cordial. My wait time was short and the staff treated my husband as if he had no disability at all. Dr. Thoms explained everything in detail and was very personable which made us comfortable. I will be taking Dr. Thoms card back to my current dentist office and also my job at the doctor's off I work at as a reference for others who might need their services.
We love all the workers there. Their very welcoming staff, but very professional. We’ve been going there for about 15 years.
Very kind and compassionate staff. They took excellent care of my special needs kiddo and took extra time to make sure it was done right. I would highly recommend.
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Best dentistry for dental anxiety, Clayton, MO. I have been searching for a dentist to ease my child's dental anxiety. Dr. Hoffmann and his team were so caring and understanding with my son Matthew!!!! Highly recommended, they know their stuff when it comes to sedation dentistry here in Saint Louis! Wouldn't take my family anywhere else!!!
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I had to have major dental work done and due to a chronic facial pain issue I needed IV sedation. The staff at Dental Anesthesia Center were kind, caring, and attentive. The phone questions were answered quickly and thoroughly. Scheduling issues were handled well. This is a highly professional group of people. I had a very good experience there and would recommend it to anyone needing IV sedation for dental care.
Dr. Daugherty is fantastic!
Dr Sean Thoms and his staff were great! The office is very welcoming and they yook very great care of my 2year old. I would recommend them to the world!
These guys are fantastic! If you are not going to the dentist because of a bad or painful experience this is the place to go.I was one of those people not going for way too long out of fear and anxiety. One day I had a horrible tooth ache, I put it off too long, the pain was unbearable and I didn`t have a dentist.Thank God I found The Dental Anesthesia Center. Don`t wait for this to happen. I have been a patient now for last fifteen years and I highly recommend you going here. You will be glad you did. The whole staff is the best. .
Everyone is so compassionate
By far the best place to go for children with special needs... my son is 3.5 and he is nonverbal and autistic...everyone is so compassionate and understanding and helpful. I will never take him anywhere else
This office was fantastic!
Great practice, I've been going there for 20+ years!!!
I have bad anxiety when visiting the dentist due to a bad experience on my part. However, coming here has changed all of that. This is a great office with a wonderful friendly staff and amazing dentist. I always feel comfortable and welcomed when I come to their office for an appointment.
So caring, so nice, as others said, a little higher priced. But it is worth every penny. I can't describe how great everyone is
I would absolutely really recommend this place to anyone. All of the nurses I came in contact with were really sweet and the dentist was really nice as well. I had some issues relaxing at first, but they were experts in trying an alternative and before I knew it, my appointment was over. I really wish I would have tried this place first and will definitely return.
Dr. Hoffman and his staff are amazing, friendly and caring. I have high anxiety and fear of dentists due to my past bad experiences, but the Dental Anesthesia Center made me feel at ease and comfortable. Had a lot of dental work done in one visit while sedated and recovered well. Now I have my smile back thanks to Dr. Hoffman and his team. If youre a person like me I definantly recommend you the Dental Anesthesia Center.
The best dental experience I've ever had! Dr. Victoria Daugherty (now Mayer) is very easy to talk to and does a great job at procedures. My dental hygienist Dianna is awesome and personable, is thorough and pays a lot of attention to detail. I have never felt a lot of pain or anxiety with any procedure I've gotten done here. The front desk staff are also very helpful and friendly! Would highly recommend.
We are so thankful that another dentist recommended The Dental Anesthesia Center to us. Our little boy needed special care due to his MTHFR mutation. Dr. Thoms was very thorough during our initial consultation, answering every question we could think of. When our son had his dental procedure under general anesthesia, Dr. Thoms and everyone else we encountered there served us with compassion and great concern for our son's well-being. We could not have asked for a better experience! Now our son is looking forward to his 6 month check-up, and we will recommend Dr. Thoms any opportunity we have to do so.
Dr. Thoms was very friendly
My son is 3, autistic non-verbal and has oral sensory issues. They were absolutely amazing with him and I would recommend them for anyone with a child with special needs. Dr. Thoms was very friendly and explained everything to us before during and after his procedure. Couldn’t have asked for a better experience!! Thank you!!
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Last visit was 14 years ago. I need to make appointment soon. Bad tooth, not sure what else. These guys understand my anxiety and will put me out..wake up..all done!! These are The Only Staff I trust, 100% !!
My 9yr old daughter was afraid of going to the dentist. I was referred to Dental Anesthesia and I must say, they were AWESOME!! Dr Sean Thoms along with the staff were wonderful. They explained everything they were going to do to my daughter and kept me well informed during her procedure. They allowed me to be by her side until she was sedated. They even called later in the day just to check on her. My daughter said they made her feel very comfortable and would want to return to this practice for future procedures.
Beyond pleased with our experience with Dr. Hoffman!! My son, Cameron, had work done and everything turned out way better than I could've ever expected. Dr Hoffman saved all of his teeth, where other dentist told me the only option for two of his teeth were to be pulled. His smile is so beautiful and I couldn't think them enough! They were sooo kind!! The dental hygienist were so sweet, and throughly explained everything to me. There was no judgement. They made this whole process so comfortable. Yes, it was pricey, but worth EVERY penny. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
They are great with nervous kids AND parents.
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5 STAR SLEEP DENTIST! Dental implants are the way to go if you're like me needle phobic, have missing teeth and do not want dentures or even partials. First came to their office wanting oral sedation but Dr. Hoffmann chose what level of sedation I would be the most comfortable with my VERY HIGH DENTAL PHOBIA, not to say NEEDLE PHOBIC!!!!