A modern advancement that has come to our practice is the ability to reverse the feeling of numbness. This new medicine takes away the effect of anesthetic very quickly. This can be great for people going back to work who may need to talk on the phone or who find the feeling of numbness to be distracting.
However, be aware that there are some cases where being numb for a little while can be a positive thing! Allowing the gums to heal a bit and ‘get back to normal’ before waking up fully can make your overall experience more comfortable.
That being said, there is nothing wrong with wanting to get rid of the numbing feeling and get on with your day. Some people are hardly sore in the first place, and it’s nice to enjoy your favorite foods with a full sense of taste!
For those wanting to reverse the numbing medicine as soon as possible, we often recommend ibuprofen or another OTC medicine to help with soreness.
Please ask about reversing your numbing sensation before your appointment, preferably when we’re planning the treatment with the doc. That way we can have everything ready to go.