Can You Get Jaw Surgery While Pregnant?

Posted on 3/15/2024 by Weo Admin
Woman holding pregnant stomachFor most pregnant women, the health of the unborn baby takes priority. Surgical procedures come with risks that put the health of this unborn baby at risk, and this is why waiting until the baby is born is a good idea.

Why Is Jaw Surgery Risky During Pregnancy?

According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, pregnant women who get surgery for a reason not related to their pregnancy are at a higher risk of miscarriage, pre-term birth, stillbirth, and c-section delivery. The babies of such women were more likely to be underweight and more prone to developmental defects. It all boils down to what happens during surgery.

First, there are the effects of anesthesia and sedation on the unborn baby. While most sedatives are safe for the pregnant mother, they are not safe for the unborn baby. General anesthesia is not safe for the unborn baby because it affects neural activity. Other risks include inadequate oxygen supply due to low blood pressure during surgery. All this increases the risk of spontaneous abortion, particularly in the first trimester of pregnancy. Local anesthesia is safer for pregnant women and unborn babies. Laughing gas, or nitrous oxide, is not safe for fetuses in the first trimester.

Then there is the post-surgery medication, including painkillers, which can also affect the fetus. Post-surgery infections and other complications that lower the mother's immunity also put the fetus at risk. Stress, pain, and discomfort after jaw surgery also increase the risk of complications.

When Is Jaw Surgery Necessary During Pregnancy?

Some of the conditions that may necessitate jaw surgery during pregnancy include tooth extraction, removal of dental tumors, and trauma-related emergency procedures. The safest time for these procedures is during the second trimester. Cosmetic surgeries, implants, and osteotomies should be avoided at all costs during pregnancy.


Pregnant women should consider jaw surgery when their lives are in danger or in case of an accident. Otherwise, it is advisable to wait until after childbirth for jaw surgery. Contact us today for assessment and treatment of various jaw-related disorders during pregnancy. Our expert surgical teams will develop a viable treatment that will safeguard your health and the health of the baby.

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