Post # 1
I have a cleaning scheduled with my dentist at the end of May. At that point, I will be 21 weeks pregnant and should not be laying on my back.
So how do I lay in the dentist’s chair? They put you pretty much flat on your back. Of course, I will tell them I’m pregnant and how far along I am. I assume they’ve cleaned the teeth of many five months and over pregnant women, but I’m just curious how this will work. Anyone have experience and care to share?
Post # 3
OMG I just went to the dentist last week (32 weeks) I thought I’d be fine because cleanings don’t take that long.
I had warned the dental assistant that I might have to stop her because I was congested from allergies so I couldn’t really breathe thru my nose. But I ended up almost passing out – I think it was a combination of heat, being stuffy and having my legs elevated over my head because of the chair. The same thing happened to me a few weeks ago so I knew what it felt like (I was sitting with my legs dangling).
After about 3-4 minutes I was fine but I asked her to not put the chair all the way back so I was just in a reclined position and I was fine after that. Just let them know if you have trouble breathing and stop them if you get uncomfortable.
Post # 4
I went to the dentist just a few days before I had my daughter; the hygenist just had me lay on my side to do the cleaning. Maybe ask if this is an option for you?
Post # 5
I went to the dentist two weeks ago at 33 weeks. I told the hygenist before hand and they had some towels rolled up and wedged under my rigth side so I was lying at a bit of an angle on my left side. It was a bit uncomfortable because I’m so big now, but not totally unbearable. However at 21 weeks, if you ask them to wedge something under you, you should be pretty comfortable as you’re not super huge yet. Hope this helps.
Post # 6
These are great ideas – thank you all!
Post # 7
I’m in hygiene school and I’ve had a couple patients that just didn’t want to lay down and that’s what they told me. So I did a combination of standing up to do the cleaning and just slightly leaning them back. It works. Just tell your hygienist if you’re uncomfortable leaning back and she should find something to make you comfortable!