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Difficulty Getting Numb?

Back of dental chair at Richmond VA Dental ArtsDo you have problems getting “really numb for dental procedures?” There are several reasons why.

pH Levels

If you have a bad infection, the anesthetic or numbing medicine cannot work. The pH, or acid level, in the infective area is too low and the anesthesia will not be effective. Antibiotics are used to clear up most of the infection. It takes a few days for the antibiotic to work and then you can have dental treatment done comfortably. Your ph levels may be too low if you take a lot of Vitamin C. Stopping the Vitamin C a few days before treatment will help the anesthesia to work.

Clenching and grinding your muscles causes excess lactic acid to build up. This is also why your muscles hurt when you exercise. To lower your pH an antacid-like Tums™ can help temporarily change your acidity or increase your pH.

The Tums™ Protocol

Redheads may also need more anesthesia and can benefit from the Tums™ protocol. The Tums™ protocol is:
•  Take 4 Tums™ 16 hours before dental appointment.
•  Take 4 Tums™ 8 hours after first dose.
•  Take 4 Tums™ 8 hours after the second dose. This last dose should be right before your dental appointment.

Let’s say your appointment is at 4 PM. Your first dose would be at Midnight (the night before your appointment). The second dose would be at 8 AM (8 hours later). The third dose would be at 4 PM (8 hours later) the time of your appointment.

Limiting caffeine products coffee, tea, and energy drinks will make you less nervous and allow the anesthesia to work.

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome patients may need more anesthesia at shorter intervals.

Tips to ensure dental anesthesia works:
•  Sleep well before your dental appointment.
•  Limit caffeine intake.
•  Use Tums™ protocol if you have a history of numbing difficulties in the past.
•  Call Dr. Hart’s office at 804-278-4141 for any additional questions.
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