There’s nothing particularly exceptional about having a numb mouth. As a matter of fact, there’s barely any merits to it. You can’t use it, for one. If you try chewing, you just might bite your tongue off. And the feeling itself—or rather, the lack of feeling—leaves a lot to be desired. Unfortunately, if you continuously need a lot of dental work (root canals, periodontal maintenance), chances are you’re well-acquainted with that numbing feeling. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be a problem for long. With things like OraVerse, you might just be able to speed up the agony.
But wait—you might be wondering—what’s an OraVerse, anyway? Well, in a nutshell, OraVerse is like the anti-anesthetic. Typically, for local anesthetics with epinephrine. To understand how it works, exactly, we first need to know how a local anesthetic works.
OraVerse: what it means and what it works on
Before we get started, just a quick caveat: OraVerse might not work with all local anesthetics. As to why, exactly, has to do with what OraVerse is. Its more complicated moniker is phentolamine mesylate. And what it mostly does is bring back blood flow to your mouth.
Just as there are different types of anesthesia, so are there different ways to numb your senses. Because OraVerse mostly works for local anesthesia, though, that’s what we’ll focus on. A local anesthetic stops you from feeling anything at all. You don’t want to get too traumatized during surgery or any of those rigorous dental procedures (yikes). Since humanity hasn’t come up with a solution to block pain specifically yet, feeling nothing is the next best thing.
How does it do this? According to the University of Reading, it stops the nerves in that area from transmitting messages to your brain. These messages are sent via electrical charge through a “sodium channel.” What anesthetics like lidocaine do is block these channels, which then stop the message signals.
While this is generally what local anesthetics do, some types like to add in a little extra something for maximum efficiency. Usually, they’re hard-to-pronounce things like vasoconstrictors.
In a nutshell, a vasoconstrictor constricts your blood vessels. Some anesthetic manufacturers might add them for several reasons. For one, it can help increase the concentration of the anesthesia even if you don’t use too much of it. For another, it lessens your blood loss, especially during surgery and periodontal maintenance (aka deep cleaning).
But with that said, what does OraVerse mean to do?
OraVerse brings back blood flow to your mouth
So maybe OraVerse can’t reverse the effects of anesthesia. And for a good reason—too early and you’re in for a world of pain, post-periodontal maintenance or otherwise. With it, however, you don’t have to wait for hours on end in the recovery room. Or in this case, the dentist’s chair.
Of course, we’re not entirely sure how OraVerse works. But what we do know is it helps promote blood flow to the numb areas. This is also why OraVerse might not work with all types of local anesthetic—not all of them, after all, have vasoconstrictors.
Once your body weathers away the ion-blocking effects, then, you could expect a speedy recovery—and not one minute more with a weird cottonmouth.