Monday, June 22, 2009
Medical Reports: Anesthesia Answer
You know how it is when you get dental work, the numbness can last for hours, causing you to bite your tongue or even drool. Now, there's a new shot that can reverse that numb feeling. Seven's Richard Lemus has this Anesthesia Answer.
WSVN -- When you're facing the drill, anesthesia helps dull the pain, but once it's over, you're left uncomfortably numb for hours.
Maggie Gendron: "A lot of times I feel like I can't talk properly because it feels like the tongue is swollen. I have bitten my tongue just in talking."
A numb mouth can be embarrassing for patients like Maggie Gendron who usually has to go back to work.
Maggie Gendron: "Sometimes I feel like I'm going to drool because you can't feel it, you know. It's a terrible feeling in front of your clients."
But dentists can now reverse that numbness. Dr. Gordon Sokoloff in Coral Gables is using a new FDA-approved shot called Oraverse.
Dr. Gordon Sokoloff: "It's a small breakthrough, but it has a big impact because I can't tell you how many people complain about being numb and remaining numb so long after a procedure."
Minutes before the dentist wraps up a procedure, he gives the patient a shot of Oraverse, which allows the blood flow to return to the gums, lips and cheeks and cuts the time you're numb in half.
Dr. Gordon Sokoloff: "People who are normally numb for hours might remain for 30 or 40 minutes instead."
Maggie got the shot on her last visit. The numbness was gone by the time she made it back to work.
Maggie Gendron: "No more drooling, no more biting my tongue. No more feeling awkward or that I'm speaking weird."
Richard Lemus: "Insurance does not cover Oraverse, but many dentists include it in the price of their services."
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Coral Gables Dentistry
Dr. Gordon D. Sokoloff D.D.S.
General and Cosmetic Dentistry
220 Miracle Mile, Suite 228
Coral Gables, FL 33134