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What is OraVerse?

Posted on October 8th, 2013 by Dr. Nikoo Daftary

Some dental procedures require anesthesia, which may leave you feeling uncomfortable for the rest of the day. At Art of Modern Dentistry , we have the solution to this problem.
It’s OraVerse, and it reverses anesthesia and the associated functional defecits resulting from the injection. So, what do you need to know?
What is OraVerse?
OraVerse is an injection that reverses the effects of local anesthetic resulting in numbness in the lips and tongue after a dental procedure, and accelerates the return of normal function. The loss of sensation due to anesthesia can cause a patient to have trouble eating, drinking, smiling and speaking. These unpleasant side effects come from a vasoconstrictor, which tightens the blood vessels and is an ingredient in many anesthetics.
How quickly does the numbness go away with OraVerse?
In clinical trials, patients who used OraVerse had a median of 50 minutes of recovery time in the upper lip, compared to 133 minutes for the control group. In the lower lip, the median recovery time was 70 minutes for OraVerse patients, compared to 155 minutes for the control group.
What are the potential side effects?
The most common side effects were pain after the procedure, injection site pain, increase in heart rate, as well as decreased heart rate. The majority are mild and go away within two days.
Are there any drug interactions with OraVerse?
There are no known drug interactions with OraVerse, but it is always good to keep your dental professional informed about any and all medications you are taking.
Who shouldn’t take OraVerse?
OraVerse is not recommended for children under the age of six or weighing less than 33 pounds. The drug has also not been studied in pregnant women, and it is unknown whether it is passed to a baby while nursing so exercise caution if pregnant or nursing. Always consult with your doctor and dentist before the procedure.
Does the injection hurt?
Since OraVerse is given while you are still numb from the anesthetic, most patients do not experience on site pain. In clinical studies, the incidence of injection site pain in OraVerse patients was relatively similar to that of the patients in the control group (5% vs. 4%, respectively).
If you dislike the feeling of numbness in your mouth and tongue from anesthesia following a dental procedure, consider using OraVerse at your next appointment with Art of Modern Dentistry. We will answer any questions you may have and ease your concerns.

Courtesy of OraVerse

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