OT - How long does it take for local anesthetic to wear off?

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   Posted 12/15/2008 8:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Since you all are always so helpful...

I got a nasty root canal done earlier today (2pm) and now at almost 11pm I am still completely numb in my cheek on the side of the root canal site. Shouldn't the shots have worn off faster? Needless to say I'm getting a little freaked out as the left side of my face is completely immobile. I am sensitive to this type of stuff however...and the meds definitely made me nauseous.

How long does it usually take to wear off on you?
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   Posted 12/16/2008 4:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Usually 5-6 hours for me. If it's no better today, please call your dentist. Let us know how things go. Blessings, Julie
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   Posted 12/16/2008 8:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Sometimes dentists use a stronger numbing med when they have longer procedures to do, and sometimes it takes way longer than normal to wear off. I am sure all is probably okay by now.
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   Posted 12/16/2008 8:26 AM (GMT -7)   
When I had my wisdom teeth pulled, I was still a bit numb when I went to bed. It's kind of scary, but eventually it does go away.
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   Posted 12/16/2008 8:45 AM (GMT -7)   
had a local last for 3 days one time but they had to inject me alot...
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   Posted 12/16/2008 11:46 AM (GMT -7)   
You should get checked, sometimes they can hit a nerve and it can cause long term loss of sensation. Good luck.

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