Patient Education

Local Anesthesia - Instruction

Special attention required for young children, elderly patients and medically compromised patients.

To avoid injury to the inside of the mouth, there should be no chewing or biting of lips, cheeks or tongue while the area is still numb. The numbness will gradually wear off in 2-3 hours. During the first 24 hours, chew food by using the side of the teeth that did not receive treatment. If lips or tongue have been accidentally bitten, the wound will be swollen with white or yellowish plaque covering it. Do no rub or apply any medication to the wound. The would will disappear by itself in approximately 7-10 days without scar. Pain relief medication can be taken if necessary.