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Are you allergic to the dentist?

Here are the important contact allergies to discuss with your dentist

When you’re asked for your medical history at the dentist, it may not always seem relevant to relay certain conditions, such as allergies. However, mentioning what you know might just save you a very unpleasant visit to the dentist — or worse, the ER.

Important allergies to discuss with your dentist

Though common allergies like hay fever shouldn’t affect your visit, certain contact allergies might. Here are a few allergies that you should always alert your dentist to:

  • Certain metals may be used in fillings, retainers or partial dentures. If you’re hypersensitive or allergic to any metals, your dentist can use alternative materials.
  • Latex is common in gloves, rubber dams and even x-ray bite tabs. Your dentist can prepare neoprene or nitrile gloves and avoid other latex products during your exam or procedure, should you have a sensitivity or allergy.
  • Anesthesia allergies don’t mean you have to be subjected to dental pain. Your dentist has access to safe alternatives that he or she can discuss with you.

What to do if you're prone to contact allergies

Make sure to call your dental office at least 24 hours before your appointment to inform them of your allergy. Giving the office prior notice will help ensure that your experience is allergy-free.

Even if you don’t think your particular allergy is cause for concern, it’s always worth a quick discussion with your dentist. And, as always, don’t forget to mention any other health-related information during your appointment, such as pregnancy, diabetes or osteoporosis.

Last updated October 29, 2021

The oral health information on this website is intended for educational purposes only. Always consult a licensed dentist or other qualified health care professional for any questions concerning your oral health.