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Old 09-18-2008, 05:45 PM   #1
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How Can I Make the Novacaine Wear Off Faster?

I went to the dentist for fillings today and had to have 3 shots of novacaine b/c I'm just sucky when it comes to pain. Anyway, three hours have passed, I'm starving and I've already chewed a hole in my bottom lip from trying to eat my dinner. Is there a trick to getting the numb feeling to go away?
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Old 09-18-2008, 05:48 PM   #2
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Not that I know of, but there is a trick to eating. Hold a napkin on the outside of your mouth when you chew; you can feel the pressure against your fingers so that you don't bite your lip or tongue.
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Old 09-18-2008, 06:04 PM   #3
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Once that novocaine wears off you are gonna wish it hadn't. Last time I had two cavities filled and when the novovaine wore off I was in so much pain. It sucked.
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Old 09-18-2008, 06:07 PM   #4
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Not that I know of, but there is a trick to eating. Hold a napkin on the outside of your mouth when you chew; you can feel the pressure against your fingers so that you don't bite your lip or tongue.
Not working I can't even feel my fingers against my lip. For now, I'm chewing with my mouth open like this
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Old 09-18-2008, 06:34 PM   #5
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To my knowledge, there is nothing you can do. I had 3 shots 3 days ago, and it took about 5 hours till it wears off. Better you than me.

I really HATE that stuff.
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Old 09-18-2008, 06:40 PM   #6
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Lovely...

I'm foregoing meet the teacher night b/c I don't want to look like an idiot with swollen face and a droopy lip . Besides, I met one teacher at a baseball game last week.
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Old 09-18-2008, 06:43 PM   #7
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Pull on your ears and stick out your tongue as far as you can and roll it in a circle for 5 minutes.
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Old 09-18-2008, 06:46 PM   #8
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Pull on your ears and stick out your tongue as far as you can and roll it in a circle for 5 minutes.

you forgot the part about standing on one foot (I believe the left foot for quickest results), while slowly hopping up and down and turning in a counter-clockwise direction.....
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Old 09-18-2008, 06:48 PM   #9
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you forgot the part about standing on one foot (I believe the left foot for quickest results), while slowly hopping up and down and turning in a counter-clockwise direction.....
Oh dang it, you took it one step too far and now she'll never try it.
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Old 09-18-2008, 06:54 PM   #10
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Oh dang it, you took it one step too far and now she'll never try it.


It's not working
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Old 09-18-2008, 06:55 PM   #11
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It's not working
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I love that smiley.
Thanks! I thought it looked like someone pulling their ears and rolling their tongue! Perfect!

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Old 09-18-2008, 07:07 PM   #13
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The best way to get the novocaine to wear off is to get the blood circulating in that area. Novocaine most often contains a vascoconstrictor which constrics blood vessels this is helpful to control bleeding during procedures.

I would drink warm (not hot) liquids. Warm enough to get to blood circulating, but not too hot to burn yourself, remember you're still numb and can burn without feeling pain. You could also try warm compresses.
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Old 09-18-2008, 07:16 PM   #14
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Thanks! I'm actually starting to get the pins and needles feeling in my cheek now.
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Old 09-18-2008, 07:47 PM   #15
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keep yawning, well not a full yawn. Just move your jaw up and down as far as you can to help move the blood around.

maybe some warm soup to help in the same manner. and you wouldn' have to chew, hehehehehe.

Oh, my dentist also has a quick wearing-off version of novacaine. I am sure that is not the technical name...
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