Anyone Pregnant And Working In The Dental Field HELP

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DANI - February 14

I work in the dental field as an Office Mgr, and I just found out I'm preggo (just 4 days ago) and lately I've been working in the back office, developing x-rays, and sterilizing instruments. My question is: is the x-ray fluid fumes really bad for a pregnant women. And is the ultrasonic sterilizing solution bad too?? Any help would be great. I guess I'm just a little paranoid as I've been developing more x-rays the past 3 days. I've been wearing 3 masks (layered) to cut out the fumes. Thoughts?

 

DANI - February 14

bump. anyone out there that works as a dental a__sistant?

 

ChattyKathy - February 14

I don't work in the field but my mother did when I was younger. I can't find any google info to verify, but I would say that any type of chemical that lets off fumes strong enough for you to detect like that solution would have some risk involved. I think you are taking proper precautions, though, so don't stress yourself too bad. Talk to your doctor. Despite your precautions it might not be something you should be doing for long term. But don't stress yourself out about it. I know a woman who worked as a hairdresser who would mix the chemicals for dyes while she was pregnant and wore a mask. Your doctor might say the mask is enough.

 

stefkay - February 14

DANI, I'm not going to try to freak you out...I don't usually post here but was checking on some friends and saw your post. My stepmom worked as a hygenist I think for years when she was younger and 3 now has 3 grown children, before them while she was working in the dentist's office she had 5 miscarriages and didn't get pregnant with her first child (pregnancy #6) until she quit that line of work. She told me what it was there that caused the m/c's , but I can't remember right now what it was. I can call her tomorrow and find out, but be cautious. Maybe ask them there if they know anything about this. I can find out and let you know...

 

stefkay - February 14

sorry--that didn't make sense, I am soooo tired. Ok, she said that something there in the office whether it be a chemical or the xrays, etc. was the culprit in her miscarriages--she did not find this out until much later.

 

DANI - February 15

thanks guys for the replies! i was preggo with ds two yrs ago and was working in the office and would occasionally develop x-rays and ds is as healthy as can be, but my main concern is that I'm in the back a little more than I would like to be (not by choice) i am wearing a mask as much as I can.

 

DANI - February 15

i want to continue to keep this thread up to the top to see if anyone else has any more thoughts on this. maybe there is a mommy on here that works in the field and can put my mind at ease.

 

stefkay - February 15

Hi Dani, I'm waiting for my stepmom to call me back to let me know about her situation before worrying about it too much. This was a loooooong time ago and I a__sume probably something that you wouldn't have to worry about today.

 

DANI - February 15

Thanks stefkay for checking with your mom. I will check back in a little bit to see if you've heard from her.

 

stefkay - February 15

Dani, no worries! I'm sorry, I just saw your post and remembered her telling me this after my m/c and it freaked me out for you--sorry, I am such a worrier! This is what she wrote to me: I think being around nitrous oxide might have had something to do with my numerous micarriages.  In those days the delivery system for nitrous was an open system with the fumes coming out into the air.  Those systems have changed and they now have  a safety device attached to keep the excess nitrous from escapaing.  She does need to be careful though not to get accidentally zapped by the x-rays.  That can happen if she's in a room placing an x-ray in a patients mouth and someone else hits the b___ton and "zaps" both the patient and operator.  I don't think there are many offices around that have multiple rooms with a single control anymore.  Hey....we used to use alloy pellets and liquid mercury to mix amalgam filling materials back in the 70's,...now that's really a scary thought.  There are so many safety features with dental materials now that your friend will be fine I'm sure.  It's a wonder my kids are "normal"..hmm...well now that might be a debatable subject. ha! Soooo, it looks like you are probably totally safe, just check with the doctors maybe? Have a wonderful 9 months!!!

 

DANI - February 15

stefkay, thanks again for your help. can you ask your stepmom one more question for me.....thanks! if you can that is.....what about developing x-rays and the fumes from the x-ray fluid? that was one of my main concerns. thanks!

 

stefkay - February 15

No problem! I just sent her an email asking her...I'll hear back soon, but if not, I'll be seeing her this afternoon/evening and I'll have an answer by tonight! Hang in there :-)

 

DANI - February 15

btw, i've been wearing a mask and triple layering it too to keep the fumes out. thanks again. i think i'm the worry wort here...lol

 

SashaP - February 16

Dani I'm not pg right now but I am a dental a__sistant. I did lose 2 pg last year but it was not due to the job. I asked my OB when I was what to avoid. She said things like the adhesives for impressions. Formo Creasol?sp is a bad chemical to inhale so I had someone take over if I needed to use that. If your offices uses Nitrous oxide then you should aviod being around it, that has shown to cause infertility and m/c's. Other then that everthing else was ok including x-ray solutions. You're taken extra precaution so you should be ok. Good luck!!

 

stefkay - February 16

Hi dani, she got back to me and basically said xray solutions should not be a problem just like Sasha said. She said to tell you not to worry :-) I think wearing the masks is good, I'd do the exact same thing!

 

DANI - February 16

SashaP, thanks for the input. I know exactly what you mean about formal creasol (sp?) lol. that stuff is very toxic. My dr only uses it for root ca___ls and he handles it himself. What about certain cements like IRM, or Dureleon? have you heard of these before? IRM has a strong smell to it but unsure if it's toxic or not. Oh and ProSray or Cavicide to disinfect the rooms? What do you know about that? Sorry I'm question central here but since your a DA you prolly have the answers to my questions..thanks again! Stefkay, thanks for looking into that. Tell your stepmom thanks too...you guys are the best.!

 

SashaP - February 16

As far as I know IRM is ok because it's Oil of Cloves that your smelling which is pretty natural. As far as I know the disinfectants are ok also. But the adhesive are a no no, if you read some of them it tells you that they can cause reproductive toxicity. To say the least I tossed them in the trash. The thing that I would avoid at all costs is the formo creasol since it contains formaldehyde. A couple of years ago I broke a bottle of it and I thought I was going to pa__s out it takes a long time to get rid of the fumes. Also you should hold your breath if you use Copelite, the fumes go away very quickly so I think holding your breath until you close the bottle is a good idea. It's such a toxic field if you think about it. I hope this helps!

 

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