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Dental Anesthesia Reversal

There is no doubt that everything associated with the practice of dentistry, including treatment techniques, dental instruments and dental technology, has come a very long way over the years, much to the relief of patients everywhere. Where once patients had no choice but to suffer through long, painful appointments without any sort of anesthesia and while being poked and prodded with big, clumsy tools, patients now routinely experience shorter, more comfortable dental appointments. Local anesthetics, high-speed electric handpieces, better materials, better training and other things have moved dentistry from the realm of completely intolerable to not only acceptable, but in some cases even pleasant and comfortable. Today, a patient’s complaints about dental treatments often have less to do with the treatments themselves and more to do with what happens after the treatment. As one example, many patients are frustrated by how long a local anesthetic can remain in effect after their dental appointment is over.

Reversing Dental Anesthesia

Local anesthesia is actually an incredibly important part of modern dentistry, as the elimination of pain during dental treatment is of benefit not only to patients, but also to their dentists. This pain control has actually allowed for important and valuable advances in the field of dentistry that might otherwise have been entirely impossible to achieve. It also allows patients to relax more thoroughly so that dentists are better able to perform their treatments without essentially having to “fight” the patient’s resistance. While dental anesthesia can be very helpful while a patient is undergoing dental treatment, it can be difficult to deal with after treatment has concluded.

Dental anesthesia normally lasts for several hours after it has been administered, which is problematic mainly because the individual’s inability to feel their lips, tongue, chin, nose and cheeks can result in unintentional injury due to biting, chewing or even thermal or chemical burns. Since it can be hard to smile, talk or chew well when even a portion of one’s mouth remains numb, some patients may even request to have anesthesia-free dental treatments in order to have a better experience after the treatment is over. For a dentist who desires to provide the most comfortable, stress-free dental treatments possible while also adhering to their patient’s specific wishes, this can prove to be a bit of a challenge. They essentially need to find some way to deliver enough local anesthetic to provide pain-free dental treatments but not enough to have the patient’s mouth numbness linger on for very long. A wrong calculation can prove to be more than a little distressing for the patient as it can be quite an unpleasant experience for them to suddenly experience full sensation again while they are still receiving painful dental treatment, and it can sometimes be difficult to tell just how long a treatment will actually last. Fortunately, there is another option that may help solve both problems to everyone’s satisfaction: reversing the patient’s dental anesthesia.

Phentolamine mesylate, known more broadly by the trade name OraVerse, is an injectable dental anesthesia reversal medication. It is used at the end of a dental treatment where the patient has been given a local anesthetic and it works to reverse the effects of the anesthetic more quickly than would occur naturally. Phentolamine mesylate is a vasodilator, which means it works by opening up the blood vessels that were constricted by the local anesthetic, thereby allowing the bloodstream to carry away the local anesthetic more quickly.

Clinical studies into the effectiveness of OraVerse have concluded that this medication helps to reduce the time it takes to restore normal mouth sensation by anywhere from forty-seven to sixty-seven percent. This means that if administered at the tail-end of a patient’s dental treatment, the patient should find they have been restored to their normal speaking and eating abilities shortly thereafter and their risk of biting their tongue or cheek while speaking or eating is greatly reduced. The dental anesthesia reversal medication has been determined to be relatively safe for patients who are six years and older and weigh at least thirty-three pounds, though it does come with normal medical warnings and precautions that the dentist will take into account before administering it.


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