The sensation of numbness that remains in the mouth after receiving an injection of local anesthetic is one most dental patients are familiar with. This sensation can remain for hours, leaving you unable to eat or drink, smile properly, or even speak clearly following a dental procedure. In some cases, you may even find yourself drooling! Luckily, advances in modern dentistry have provided Dr. Mabry with a way to speed up the return of normal sensation in your mouth following a routine appointment.
What is OraVerse medication?
OraVerse is a breakthrough medication that reverses the lingering numbness following a routine dental procedure where local anesthetic has been administered. In many cases, patients reported that they regain normal sensation twice as fast as those who do not receive OraVerse following care.
When is OraVerse medication used?
OraVerse can be used following any appointment where you have received an injection of a local anesthetic containing a vasoconstrictor. This medication reverses the effects of soft-tissue anesthesia, including the associated functional defects that can occur in the lips and tongue. OraVerse should not be used with patients who are younger than six, or who weigh less than 33lbs.
How is OraVerse administered?
OraVerse medication will be administered by injection, in the same area where the local anesthetic was given. This will allow you to regain sensation and normal function as quickly as possible following your appointment. In most cases, this can be up to twice as fast as usual.
What are the benefits of using OraVerse?
OraVerse allows you to return to having normal sensation and function in your mouth far more quickly than allowing an injection of local anesthetic to wear off on its own. This means that you will be able to smile, speak, and eat and drink sooner following your dental procedure.
What are the side effects of OraVerse?
Side effects reported with OraVerse are generally mild, and cease within 48 hours of treatment. The most common side effects reported during clinical testing were:
- Pain following their dental procedure
- Injection site pain
- Increased heart rate
There are no known drug interactions with OraVerse, but it is important to inform Dr. Mabry of any medications that you are taking.
Is the OraVerse injection painful?
OraVerse is administered while you are still numb from the anesthetic, so you should not experience any pain during injection. In clinical studies, injection site pain following administration is similar to those who only received the anesthetic.
Who should not receive OraVerse medication?
OraVerse should not be used in children who are younger than six, or who weight less than 33lbs. Additionally, this medication has not been studied for use with pregnant women, and it is unknown whether OraVerse can pass to the baby when used in nursing mothers. For these reasons, pregnant or nursing women should consult Dr. Mabry.
If you have any questions about OraVerse, or would like to know if you can have OraVerse administered following your next dental procedure, contact our office today. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have, as well as advise you on your eligibility for OraVerse injection following any future appointments and procedures.