Many people are nervous about dental procedures. This could be because of many different things, but often it is because people are afraid of some of the side effects of the procedures. But most of these are nothing to worry about and will go away quickly. However, sometimes there can be a side effect that you will want to watch out for and we are going to shed some light on these.
If you are numbed during a procedure, then it is common for your mouth to feel numb for a few hours after you leave. If you are having your wisdom teeth removed, then it is possible to experience a numb tongue, since the nerve for your tongue is near where your wisdom teeth are. This will usually go away shortly. It is very rare to experience numbness for an extended period of time, but even if you do, the feeling will return usually within a couple of weeks. However, if you do ever feel numb the day after a procedure, then you should call your dentist and they will be able to take a look and make sure that there isn’t a problem.
Nausea is sometimes an issue that people say they experience. But this is usually caused by nervousness and anxiety. It can linger for a bit, but it is uncommon. Nausea will almost always leave a short time after the procedure. Pain and sensitivity is sometimes a byproduct of intensive work. It is caused by inflammation of the nerves but can be limited by not eating cold and hot foods or drinks. If the pain isn’t going away, then give the dentist a call for a follow-up appointment. When you are done with a procedure, the dentist will advise you on how to care for your teeth after treatment, and we will advise you on what to expect.
Getting back to normal is most people’s top priority. Doing an activity that gets your heart pumping and increases your circulation, can help wear off any numbing effects. This isn’t something you should do if you had oral surgery since it could cause bleeding, but talk to your dentist about this. The good news is that nearly all side effects of dental procedures will wear off within 24 hours, and this is okay. There is nothing to worry about, but if you do have concerns just give your dentist a call and they or we should be able to help!