Numbing agents such as Novocaine (more commonly now used are Lidocaine and Septocaine) have played an important role in dentistry for the sheer usefulness of their purpose: they help patients have their dental work performed without the pain. However, one of the problems associated with the use of dental anesthetics is that there is a tendency to take several hours to recover from the numbing effect.
For most, this extended feeling of numbness can get in the way of work and other daily activities. The numbness can result in drooling at the corners of the mouth and difficulty in speaking. What essentially happens is that a dental procedure that is supposed to last for 20 minutes can affect an individual for as long as half a day.
With children additional risk is severe mutilation of the lip or tongue tissue as little ones tend to play with the numb area and bite on it easily. Such self inflicted injuries take days to heal and can be very painful and debilitating for eating, speaking and normal function for up to a week.
Fortunately, the new drug OraVerse, formulated by Dr. Stuart Levy, aims to alleviate the extended periods of numbing. It can be quite instrumental in the care of patients? teeth without feeling orally disabled for the greater part of the day. OraVerse is the first local formulation designed to reverse the effects of dental anesthesia as it accelerates the process of regaining sensations in the mouth by dilating local vessels and allowing for the anesthetic to clear out of the system easily.
According to Novalar, the pharmaceutical company that manufactures OraVerse, it can be used by adults and children who are six years old and above. The minimum weight requirement of those who can use it is 33 pounds. But safety of the drug has been proven on children as young as three years of age.
The dentist injects OraVerse to the affected area once the dental procedure is finished. Since the mouth is already numb by the time the OraVerse is administered, there is no additional pain from the use of OraVerse. After OraVerse is given, patients can expect the numbness recovery time to be shortened by as much as half the time it usually takes.
OraVerse works differently on each individual. It may produce more noticeably faster results in some patients. On the other hand, it may not be as noticeable in some people. However, its results are effective enough that it merits approval for use by the general public.
The use of OraVerse should not produce any additional discomfort especially on minimally-invasive procedures such as the filling of cavities. It is also a worthwhile option to consider because the extended numbing felt in the mouth offers no additional benefit to the patient. In fact, there is really only a need to numb a small portion of the patient?s mouth while a dental procedure is being performed. There is no need for long-lasting effects of numbing agents because the pain disappears almost as soon as the procedure stops.
OraVerse is the latest development in dental technology. It allows for more convenient dental work by cutting down on the periods of oral numbness. Here at Smiles For Kids Dr. Lindhorst feels that what this drug translates to in practical terms is that there is no longer the need to clear the schedule or miss school for the entire day just because of a dentist?s appointment. After all, a simple procedure should not affect the accustomed lifestyle and preferred schedule.