Pharmacotherapy during Pregnancy: An Endodontic Perspective

Amber Ather, Sheng Zhong, Alan J. Rosenbaum, Rocio B. Quinonez, Asma A. Khan

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Odontogenic pain affects up to 54.9% of pregnant women1–3. This pain is often associated with pulpal and/or periapical infections that pose risks to women and their fetus. The American Dental Association in collaboration with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists developed a consensus statement to affirm the importance of timely and appropriate oral health care as a critical component of a healthy pregnancy4. However, limited knowledge of endodontic procedure safety and related medication use often result in the avoidance of treatment during pregnancy. This article, a collaborative effort by specialists from endodontics, pediatric dentistry, and obstetrics, reviews the current evidence on the safety of medications commonly used in endodontics including local anesthetics, analgesics, anxiolytics, and antibiotics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1185-1194
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of endodontics
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2020


  • Dental
  • endodontics
  • evidence
  • medications
  • pregnancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Dentistry


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