We’ve all been there. It was a great dentist appointment, but Novocaine was used. Now that you’re out of the dentist and back at work, your face is still numb. You just want it to wear off. What can you do?
You’ll be happy to know that you can use strategies to speed the process along and restore your face to normal feeling and functionality.
Before you can get the Novocaine to wear off, you should understand how this famous anesthetic drug works. Novocaine is a local anesthetic that eases pain. It was the first injectable man-made local anesthetic. It works by blocking the nerves that send pain signals to the brain. By doing its job, Novocaine makes treatment comfortable and (virtually) pain-free. Novocaine can be used for root canals, fillings, cosmetic procedures, extractions, and more.
The effects of Novocaine can vary, depending on how much is used and other factors. Typically speaking, most people experience the effects of Novocaine for about two hours after the injection is made. However, the effects of Novocaine can be felt for up to 5 hours after the injection.
When you don’t have 3 to 5 hours to wait for the Novocaine to wear off, you can do many helpful things to speed the process along. The trick is to increase blood flow to the area where the procedure occurred.
Novocaine is no longer used by many dentists. Lidocaine is the product that has replaced Novocaine because it contains less allergens, is faster-acting, and is longer-lasting. It’s also listed on the WHO list of essential medicines – it’s an excellent medication.
Solis Dental provides safe sedation dentistry for people who need it. Our experienced dental professionals administer comfortable and effective dental procedures to patients of all ages. To find out more about how our experienced dental professionals can make treatments easier and more comfortable for you, call today
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