Dental procedures are stressful under the best of circumstances. When you are nervous about dental procedures, the stress can mount.
Not knowing how dental anesthetic will affect you is a common experience among patients. If you understand what to expect post-procedure, you can work through the process. The more open and honest you are with your healthcare provider, the better you will come through the procedure.
Keep reading to learn more about dental anesthesia after-effects.
Oral Sensitivity and Dry Mouth
One of the more common side effects of anesthesia is oral sensitivity. This can sometimes cause cavities, gum recession, and other dental issues.
A dry mouth is also one of the common anesthesia side effects. This results from decreased saliva production due to nerve and muscle damage.
Brushing twice a day with moisturizing toothpaste can reduce sensitivity. While utilizing an alcohol-free mouthwash can help keep saliva production regulated. Increasing water intake and low-sugar snacks can help ease dry mouths, as can chewing sugar-free gum.
Pain in the Mouth and Throat
With dental anesthesia from procedures like dental implants, the patient is put to sleep or numbs the area they operate on. This can sometimes leave the patient with a sore mouth and throat.
It is important to remain patient and allow your body to heal naturally. It can take time and can be uncomfortable. But over-the-counter anti-inflammatories, such as ibuprofen and naproxen, can help.
Many patients also find relief by using a salt water rinse, avoiding acidic and spicy foods, and staying hydrated. If symptoms do not improve, you should seek medical care immediately.
Post-Nerve Pain in Facial Muscles
Post-nerve pain is characterized by a burning pain felt in the skin and muscles surrounding the injection site. It is accompanied by numbness and tingling in the area.
To manage post-nerve pain, it is important to keep the injection site dry, and clean. You can apply a cold pack to reduce swelling. Over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen may be necessary to manage the pain before it subsides.
Mental and Emotional Effects
Mental and emotional effects on patients tend to vary greatly. With some feeling a strong sense of confusion and others an overall sense of exhaustion.
Depending on the severity and type of anesthetic used, you may expect short-term mental effects, such as light-headedness, confusion, and disorientation. Commonly in adults, anesthetic also causes feelings of anxiety and restlessness.
It is important to remain aware of post-anesthetic effects. And seek help from a healthcare professional if they persist.
Tingling and Paraesthesia in Oral Cavity
This condition is usually caused by anesthetic nerve damage during the injection. Tingling and paraesthesia can range from mild to severe, lasting anywhere between weeks and months. To manage these symptoms, it is important to consult your dentist or a medical professional to decide the best course of treatment.
Treatments may range from cold compresses and massages to medications like steroids and anticonvulsants. It is important to practice good oral hygiene, such as brushing and flossing and to refrain from any activity that may aggravate the tingling and paraesthesia.
Understanding the After-Effects of Dental Anesthesia is Important
The body’s response to anesthesia can be physically, mentally, and emotionally draining. To complete your recovery, adjust to a healthy lifestyle and seek out professional guidance as needed. Proper rest and nutrition can help to ensure you can navigate the aftermath of dental anesthesia with ease.
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