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Don't like the lingering numbness that stays with you after dental treatment? Ask your dentist a...

If you've ever had a dental treatment that required a local anesthetic, you're probably familiar with its side effects. While local anesthesia is necessary to prevent pain during dental procedures, it does produce one major drawback: Dental anesthesia creates a numbing affect that can take hours to wear off. Lingering numbness leaves you with little control over your lips and tongue, making it difficult to eat, speak, drink or smile and even causing some patients to drool. Some patients even go as far as being treated without local anesthetic to prevent having to endure the numbing sensation long after treatment is over.

From the makers of Novalar Pharmaceuticals, OraVerse is the first and only product known to rapidly reverse the effects of local anesthesia. Novalar describes OraVerse as a "local anesthesia reversal agent that accelerates the return to normal sensation and function for patients who want to avoid the unwanted and unnecessary numbness in the lips and tongue after routine dental procedures." OraVerse relieves numbness quickly so you can get on with your day soon after receiving a tooth filling, dental crown or gum disease treatment!

Role Reversal

On average, it takes 3-5 hours for local anesthesia to wear off completely. OraVerse decreases residual numbness twice as fast, allowing you to regain full sensation of your mouth soon after you leave the dental office. The active ingredient in OraVerse is phentolamine, which opens blood vessels to increase blood flow.

Administering OraVerse is no different than giving you an injection of local anesthesia. OraVerse is immediately injected following the dental procedure in the same location and manner in which your dental anesthesia was administered. Since you will already be numb, you won't have to worry about feeling pain at the injection site.

A Safe Bet

The same drug used in OraVerse has been utilized in other aspects of medicine for over 50 years. The makers of OraVerse have conducted extensive clinical trials involving pediatric, adolescent and adult patients to ensure your safety. OraVerse is FDA-approved and has been demonstrated to be safe and effective for dental patients ages 6 and older who weigh no less than 33 lbs.

Primarily geared towards reducing numbness in your lips and tongue, OraVerse should not accelerate or increase any discomfort or inflammation at the treatment site. Local anesthesia affects your tooth and soft tissues differently -- while the numbness in your tooth can subside in less than an hour, it lingers in the lips and tongue for much longer. OraVerse should have little to no effect on reversing tooth numbness, as it will have almost all but worn off by the time it is injected. If you're worried about feeling pain after the numbness wears off, your dentist may choose to prescribe a pain medication.

Are You Interested?

The creation of OraVerse for dental anesthesia reversal has been widely applauded by both dentists and patients. In fact, OraVerse was selected as one of the Top 100 Products for 2009 by Dentistry Today magazine. But like many dental products that are considered "optional dentistry," your dental insurance may not cover the cost of OraVerse. If you're interested in OraVerse, be sure to ask your dentist about pricing prior to receiving dental care.

Many patients are choosing OraVerse so they can get back to their daily activities without incident. But not every dentist offers OraVerse for local anesthesia reversal. If OraVerse sounds like it would be beneficial to you, we can help you find a dentist who uses this new dental technology!