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What are the side effects of the dentist's local anesthesia?

What are the side effects of the dentist's local anesthesia?

Here are a few: The most common are elevated heart rate, extended numbness, and bruising. There are less well known ones but the commercials on tv have a list of about one hundred that they have a speed reader rattle off for most other drugs, so in general it's pretty safe.

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Is dental local anesthesia safe in pregnancy? First trimesta.

Is dental local anesthesia safe in pregnancy? First trimesta.

It is very safe: Dental care and dental anesthesia is safe and essential during pregnancy. Pregnancy is not a reason to defer routine dental care or treatment. Good luck!

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For what length of time does dental local anesthesia last?

For what length of time does dental local anesthesia last?

Depends on local: We have different anesthetics that have differing durations of action, and it depends if it's delivered in the maxillary arch (top teeth) or mandibular arch (bottom teeth). Anesthetics last longer in the mandibular arch. Anesthesia doses can last from one hour to 18 hours.

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What can be done for someone who has a genetic insensitivity to local anesthesia but needs dental work done?

What can be done for someone who has a genetic insensitivity to local anesthesia but needs dental work done?

Sedation: I have yet to have a patient who genetically could not become anesthetized with local anesthetics, but if that is the case for you, you may want to consult with a local practice that performs sedation dentistry.

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I received dental work with local anesthesia five days ago. I woke this am to pain and swelling at the site. Could it be an infection?

I received dental work with local anesthesia five days ago. I woke this am to pain and swelling at the site. Could it be an infection?

It could be: But without knowing exactly what treatment was performed, and without being able to see you, how can anyone really tell? Why not call your treating dentist for a follow-up? They will have a better idea as to what may be needed to solve your problem.

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I have been smoking crack cocaine since 9:30am today and at 3:30pm I have a dental appointment where I will be put under local anesthesia. My Risks?

Tell your dentist: Because they might want to avoid local anesthetic with epinepherine, as the combination could cause a dangerous rise in heart rate. The bigger issue at hand is the fact that you're smoking crack in the first place. Please seek treatment for your addiction issues. Crack is very dangerous, and if you keep doing it, your health issues will be much worse than local anesthetic.

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I'm allergic to lidocaine & epinephrine used for dental & dermatology procedures & need to know what local anesthesia is ok for sensitive persons.?

I'm allergic to lidocaine & epinephrine used for dental & dermatology procedures & need to know what local anesthesia is ok for sensitive persons.?

It is rare to be: Allergic to lidocaine, usually it is the epinephrine that causes the reaction. But for small dermatology procedures you can actually request saline injections, where the tension fluid that allows numbing.

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Had fast heart beat after dental local anesthesia. Also feeling a bit dizzy drowsy and cold. Now an hour has past. Should everything be ok? Or go toER

Had fast heart beat after dental local anesthesia. Also feeling a bit dizzy drowsy and cold. Now an hour has past. Should everything be ok? Or go toER

Visit ER: Any unusual symptoms that you described, following the use of dental local anesthetic requires the immediate attention of a doctor. Visit ER to prevent any serious complications.

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I am getting my teeth extracted under local anesthesia. What should I expect?

The local: Will sting a bit when injected. Then you should feel pressure, but not pain during the extraction. When the local wears off, you will probably be sore.

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What to do if I'm having all my teeth extracted and getting immediate denturesi am only having local anesthesia what should I expect?

What to do if I'm having all my teeth extracted and getting immediate denturesi am only having local anesthesia what should I expect?

Depends really: If you have all your teeth (28-32) you can expect soreness, to what degree depends on many factors. Immediate dentures are really an estimate on what the doctor/lab think you jaw will be like once the teeth are out. There will likely be a lot of inflammation immediately after, thus making the dentures feel tight. Within a week or so, the inflammation will lessen, dentures will loosen. Good luck

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I've 3 damaged teeth and one of them reached the nerve already. Can I be under general anesthesia!? I can't bear the pain even under local anesthesia.

I've 3 damaged teeth and one of them reached the nerve already. Can I be under general anesthesia!? I can't bear the pain even under local anesthesia.

Pain alternatives: General anesthesia may be an option with an oral surgeon but I would suggest that you try speaking with your health care provider to explore other options such as oral or IV sedation.

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General or local anesthesia for wisdom teeth removal?

General or local anesthesia for wisdom teeth removal?

Depends: Depends on patient, location of teeth, insurance. For best results, see an oral surgeon for exam/options. The oral surgeon has the widest array of anesthetic and surgical options.

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Is it ok to get wisdom teeth pulled under local anesthesia?

Is it ok to get wisdom teeth pulled under local anesthesia?

Yes: Wisdom teeth can be removed under local anesthesia alone. However, the removal of wisdom teeth, especially impacted wisdom teeth can be more comfortably be performed under some type of sedation in conjunction with local anesthesia.

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Impaired wisdom teeth getting extracted with local anesthesia. Will I feel any pain?

Impaired wisdom teeth getting extracted with local anesthesia. Will I feel any pain?

No: If properly "numbed up" you should feel no pain. Although, while awake you will be aware of pressure and sounds. Many opt for I.V. Sedation to avoid any unpleasantries.

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I'm getting my wisdom teeth out and will be getting local anesthesia, not general. Will I be awake?

Yes: Local anesthesia alone will not provide any type of sedation for your procedure. If you do not want to be awake, talk to your dentist or surgeon for sedation options he or she can provide for you.

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Wisdom teeth coming out next week so scared? And after 7 day he will remove 2 (one at the top the second on the bottom) with local anesthesia how bad will it be?

Why not have: All of them done simultaneously with sedation so that you don't feel anything and so that you only have one procedure, and one healing period and you are all done? Best to see an oral surgeon for this though - sounds as though this was not the plan, but may be in your best interest.

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