When the dentist numbs your mouth it helps make dental procedures, like cavity fillings, be far less painful than without it. However, once you leave the dental office the numbness can become irritating. Here are some tips and tricks on how to help the numbness go away faster.
The American Dental Association explains that local anesthesia is a medication that is used to prevent pain in a specific area of your mouth during treatment. It works by blocking nerves that sense or transmit pain, numbing the mouth tissue.
Before your procedure, the dentist might use a topical anesthetic to begin the numbing process before injecting the specific part of your mouth with a local anesthetic. Topical anesthetics are not only for procedures, but they can also help relieve painful mouth sores. Injectable anesthetics are primarily used in dentistry for filling cavities, installing crowns, treating gum disease, and other minor procedures that can be quite painful.
Though both local anesthesia and sedation are used to prevent you from feeling pain during procedures, they’re two different things. Sedation, like local anesthesia, can help a patient feel more calm at the dentist and ease their fears. However, under sedation, you will become more drowsy and could even fall asleep. There are several different types of sedation in dentistry:
Many people refer to sedation dentistry as “sleep dentistry”, as it deals heavily with sedation, which is where the name comes from. This nickname is inaccurate however, as the patient does not actually sleep during their procedure. Depending on the patient, different medicines can be used to stay relaxed and calm during the procedure.
The purpose of sedation dentistry is to allow a patient to receive routine oral care without anxiety or pain. The body and mind can relax under the close supervision of the dental provider.
Using local anesthesia is incredibly safe and a way to get dental work done without feeling pain. There can be temporary side effects. While rare, those side effects could be:
Of all these, the most common is a lingering numb feeling that could last for a few hours after your procedure.
The numbness that comes along with local anesthesia often goes away on it’s own in a matter of hours, however, if you want to try and reverse the numbness faster, follow these tips:
If you have the time to do so, a quick nap could be all it takes to help you reverse the numbness. When we sleep, we are able to take our minds off of the annoying numb feeling, and most times, are able to wake up feeling normal again.
Engaging in light physical activity after a dental procedure can help stimulate blood flow which can help the anesthesia wear off. Be sure to talk with the dentist before leaving your appointment to find out when it will be safe for you to exercise.
Stir about a teaspoon of salt into warm water, then gently rinse your mouth with it before spitting it out. This will also help the numbing feeling go away.
If the skin isn’t tender and it doesn’t hurt to do so, try gently massaging your face where it’s numb. Be sure to not massage the injection sight directly. Massaging the area can help stimulate blood flow into that area which helps the numbing feeling fade away.
Sometimes, you can have prolonged numbness after your dental procedure. Call your dentist to see what they recommend to further help relieve the numbing feeling.
Dentists are trained in sedation dentistry and go through continuing education courses to stay up-to-date with the best care for their patients. Most healthy adults qualify for sedation dentistry. No matter if you’re anxious for your dental visit, have a strong gag reflex, or have other concerns, sedation dentistry could be used. Are you interested in your sedation options? Give Stonebrook Family Dental a call today at (303)-872-7907 to learn more.