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A 34-year-old member asked:

How can you make novocain (procaine) wear off faster?

4 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 39 years experience
Not much: Length of anesthesia can vary depending on a variety of factors usually 1-2 hours. May be prolonged if used with other meds. Dr l.
Dr. David Stall
Dentistry 39 years experience
New drug available: Short answer is nothing. However, there is a new drug out that some dentists are starting to use that actually reverses the effects of a local anesthetic. It's called oraverse. It is not in wide use et, but you could ask your dentist if you want to use it. It does mean another injection in the site of the numbing injection, though.
Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
Anesthesiology 30 years experience
Remember: That the faster it wears off, the more quickly you will feel the post-operative pain and probably require pain meds.
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 44 years experience
Less med or no epi: For certain procedures your dentist may be able to use less medication, or one without a vasoconstrictor, which will allow the anesthetic to wear off faster. Oraverse is a medication your dentist can inject to reverse the effects of the anesthetic, but involves an additional injection and still takes at least an hour to work.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

How can you get novocain (procaine) to wear off faster?

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Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 39 years experience
Not much: Length of anesthesia can vary depending on a variety of factors usually 1-2 hours. May be prolonged if used with other meds. Dr l.
A 35-year-old member asked:

How can you get novocain (procaine) to wear off?

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Dr. Earl Sandroff
Dentistry 44 years experience
Time is the antidote: Most of the time dental anesthetics wear off with time. Depending on the type, concentration and amount of Epinephrine in the anesthetic will give you a clue how long it will take. Sometimes 45 minutes to several hours. There is now on the market an anesthetic reversing agent that can be injected into the same area but...It is expensive and many dentists don't have it available.
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How long before novocain (procaine) wears off?

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Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 39 years experience
1 1/2 - 2 hours: Length of anesthesia can vary depending on a variety of factors.

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