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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.
Dr. Robert Fong
Dentistry 37 years experience
Increase blood flow: Local anesthetics usually have something in them to constrict the blood vessels near the area of action to make it last longer. If you put a warm towel near the affected area, it might increase the blood flow and take away the numbness more quickly. Exercise may also accomplish this. If you had an extraction or surgery, neither of these are a good idea.
Dr. Anthony Pollizzi
Anesthesiology 37 years experience
Not much: Not much you can do. It will wear off on it's own.
Dr. Kevin Nail
Dr. Kevin Nail commented
Dentistry 12 years experience
There is a product that your dentist can get called oraverse that shortens the time but it is like $24 per cartridge but the dentist usually adds this on to the fee because insurance doesn't page it...all in all it could cost $50
Nov 25, 2014
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 46 years experience
Nothing: Getting the non-feeling of the Novocaine to wear off faster is often unsuccessful. If this is always the case, possibly ask your dentist to use an anesthetic that is designed to wear off faster. Still, each individual may react differently in terms of time for the Novocaine to dissipate.

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How long does novocain (procaine) anesthetic take to wear off?

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Give it time: Novocaine is a local anesthetic; it is supposed to make the area numb. Depending on your metabolism and how much was used, novocaine shots typically wear off in about 3-6 hours. Sometimes novocaine is mixed with Marcaine or another local anesthetic, and may take up to 12 hours to completely wear off. If you are worried, check with the doctor who did the procedure you were numbed up for.
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