The Best of Both Worlds
My motto has always been: “You can never be too numb”; certainly true if you are having extensive dental treatment done. But one of the things people hate most about the dental office is being numb.
What to do? Now we have OraVerse, a drug that has been used safely in other medical applications for over 50 years. Clinical trials have shown that the active ingredient in OraVerse, phentolamine mesylate, is safe and effective in reducing the amount of time it takes for the numbness of local anesthesia to go away by more than 50%. That’s right, you can return to normal activities after your dental treatment in about half the time!
How does it work? OraVerse is thought to work by causing vasodilation of the blood vessels in the area of the injection site, thus allowing the body to more quickly metabolize and eliminate local anesthetics, the effectiveness of which are enhanced by vasoconstriction. Essentially the drug allows the body to send more blood circulating into the area to flush away the Novocain!
Is it safe? Clinical trials have shown OraVerse to be safe and effective in adults and children over the age of 6 and weighing more than 33 pounds. The most common side effect was shown to be slight discomfort in the area where the medication was administered.
Bottom line? It’s relatively new to dentistry and safe. It works. We’ve got it and if you want it you too can have it. Just ask us next time you’re numb!
And what you can do about it.
Sugar is not just the bane of your average dentist but of the entire health care community as well. There is an excellent article in this month’s (August 2013) issue of National Geographic outlining the history and general relationship of sugar and health.
Although the American Heart Association recommends a daily intake of no more than 150 calories (9 tsp.) for men and 100 calories (6 tsp.) of sugar for women, consumption has ballooned from an average of 333 cal./ day in 1970 to 363 cal./ day in 2011. That’s over 22 teaspoons a day for the average American! And America is the top consumer of high-fructose corn syrup, the worst form of sugar. That is the equivalent of 51 pounds of sugar per person annually!
The result of all this sugar intake is not just an alarming increase in the tooth decay rate in children but an increase in the incidence of “metabolic syndrome” in American adults, possibly affecting as much as one third of the population! Metabolic syndrome is a condition characterized by obesity, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and an increased risk of heart attack. I won’t go into how this happens (you can read about it yourself if interested) except to say the primary culprit is — you guessed it — sugar!
The solution is obvious — eat less sugar. But this is difficult in a society that puts sugar in everything from ketchup to cornbread. The solution I recommend is Xylitol, a natural sweetener that is FDA approved.
It is also safe for diabetics, prevents ear infections, increases the activity of white blood cells and prevents cavities! You can get all the information you need regarding xylitol by going to: www.Xylitol.org or by contacting our office for more references. We keep an entire list of products containing xylitol that I would be happy to share with you.
To your health!