Allergy

 

We promote a safe dental environment here at Dental Lounge to ensure appropriate measures are taken to prevent allergic or abnormal reactions.

The most common allergen in the dental offices today is latex. Latex is the sap from the rubber tree, consisting of protein rubber and water.

The clinical signs of a latex allergy include:

  • Contact itching
  • Flushing (redness)
  • Oedema
  • Excessive lacrimation
  • Abdominal cramping and nausea
  • Bronchospasm

Particular patients are at increased risk of latex allergy including:

  • Neural tube defects
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Neurosurgery
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Multiple major operations

F.A.Q.

Various patients may have allergic reactions to certain dental materials such as chrome-cobalt alloys used in partial dentures or titanium used in dental implants depending on their medical history. If you’re unsure if your allergy is relevant for your dental appointment, be on the safe side and include the allergy in your medical history questionnaire.

  • Non-latex gloves being used by the dentist and dental-chairside assistants.
  • Silicone Dams being used instead of rubber dams during procedures if needed.
  • Ensuring no protective equipment such as eye protection contains latex.
  • Non-latex prophy cups
  • Latex-free face masks
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