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What dental medications are not safe to take if I am pregnant?

You should avoid taking sedatives in the class of drugs called benzodiazepines. These include midazolam, lorazepam, and triazolam, all rated in the FDA category D.  Also avoid any antibiotics in the fluoroquinolone class. Other medications to avoid are codeine, hydrocodone, and oxycodone (rated C). Nitrous oxide (known as laughing gas) has not been rated by the FDA and its use in pregnancy is controversial, so you and your dentist may want to avoid it. Acetaminophen (Tylenol), as well as ibuprofen and naproxen, are rated category B and may be safe to use with your dentist's okay. Aspirin, however, is category C and should be avoided.

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