How to Make Numbness Wear Off Faster
The numbing effects wear off when your blood carries the anesthetic away in the bloodstream. Usually, this happens pretty quickly, but you might want to speed things up. If that's the case, talk to your dentist about the following options:
- Go for a walk
Increasing your blood flow should help the numbness disappear faster, so do something physical like walking or bike riding. Make sure you get your dentist's sign off before attempting any strenuous activity. Many procedures require an extended rest period.
- Ask about a reversal medication
Your dentist can administer an injection to reverse the effects of the local anesthetic. However, this medication often costs extra and is not covered by insurance.
Other home remedies recommend massaging your cheek area or applying a warm compress to help increase blood flow. However, check with your dentist before touching the treatment site so you don't cause unnecessary harm.
Now that you know more about your buccal nerve, how it can help you identify oral conditions that are developing in your mouth, and how it can be helpful in receiving pain-free dental treatment, we hope you feel more comfortable and confident going into your dental professional's office if you have a procedure scheduled. We hope your experience is comfortable and that you come out smiling. You can do this!