Many people require special treatment at a doctor or dentist’s office due to an allergy to latex. Latex has been widely used in the dental profession as a way to cover a dentist or assistant’s hands while working in a patient’s mouth. This material is used in flexible gloves that can keep the treatment sanitary. However, if a patient is allergic to the material, his or her reaction can cause major discomfort and even threaten that individual’s life.
To schedule an appointment with a professional who can work with your latex allergy and provide high-quality dental work, contact Austin dentist Lance Loveless, DDS, of BridgeView Dental at 512-347-8299 today.
Signs of Latex Allergy
When latex comes in contact with an allergic individual’s skin, the body will act as if it is under attack from a hazardous substance. As a result, it will trigger a response to the material that can shut down important functions. Considering that assistants and dentists work inside the mouth, the contact with the mouth, face, and lips can have major consequences. Some of the following symptoms may develop:
- The appearance of a rash
- Itchy skin
- Runny nose
- Trouble breathing
- Decreased blood pressure
- Falling unconscious
- Impaired speech
Many of these symptoms may appear as a mild reaction to the latex. The more extreme and dangerous effects constitute a condition known as anaphylactic shock, which can seriously endanger the patient.
At BridgeView Dental, we believe that every patient should receive personalized treatment that takes into account their needs and desires. To learn more about how we can help patients with a latex allergy, contact Austin dentist Lance Loveless, DDS, today by calling 512-347-8299.