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A 44-year-old female asked:

Recovering from a cold had a general aneasetic 3 days ago last 24 hrs i have had tingling numbness down the left side of my face my teeth my lips left?

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Dr. James Henning
Anesthesiology 52 years experience
Hard to Say...: The "mental nerve" carries sensation to the chin, the gums of the front teeth and premolars, and the lower lip. Firm or prolonged pressure from an anesthesia face mask, as may have been required to protect your airway during the procedure, may have happened. This is unlikely; but if so, it will shortly pass. If you had dental or airway surgery, other considerations would apply. Do discuss with md!
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Dr. James Henning
Anesthesiology 52 years experience
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I agree with others who've raised the possibility of a transient Bell's palsy. From the wording of question, however, we don't know whether or not oral surgery was involved. If so, oral/facial symptoms may more logically have originated there.
Dec 3, 2012
Dr. Scott Frank
Immediate Implant Placement 36 years experience
Bells Palsy: If you are experiencing facial paralysis along with the tingling, you may have bells palsy. Some medication may be helpful but this is a slowly resolving problem which may take many months. Visit an oral & maxillofacial surgeon to be evaluated asap.
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Dr. Scott Greenhalgh
Dentistry 35 years experience
Nerve Issue: It's possible that you have set off a bell's palsy. This can either show up as numbness or pain along certain facial nerves. Contact your dentist right away. An oral surgeon can be very helpful as well. It is not a normal side effect of general anesthesia to have facial tingling.
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Dr. Sally Combest
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Bell's palsy: If the procedure was performed on the same side as your symptoms, then consider the possibility that there is a nerve involvement from the procedure. But i also suspect a case of bell's palsy, especially since you are recovering from a viral infection (the cold) and then suppressed the immune function with the physical stress of a surgical procedure and anesthesia. Please see your physician.
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