Warning about Dental Freezing
By Dr. Ben
I was in elementary school, I remember spending several hours following
an appointment with the dentist chewing away at the inner portions
of my mouth, thinking that it was neat that I could gnaw away without
feeling any pain.
just didn't occur to me that the local anesthetic that I had received
made it impossible for me to feel pain while I was doing severe
damage to the tissues that lined my inner mouth.
the freezing wore off, I was in excruciating pain. So much so that
my mom took me to the dentist again. I was told by the dental assistant
that I had cut up almost all of the tissues that lined both sides
of my inner mouth. I ended up suffering for about a week before
my mouth fully healed itself.
the years, I've realized that my bad experience with dental freezing
is quite common among children. Although I'm sure that all dentists
intend to warn their patients not to chew on the structures in their
inner mouths while they are still numb from anesthesia, perhaps
there are times when a dentist is so busy that she or he forgets
to mention this. And perhaps there are times when children don't
fully understand this warning.
any case, if you or your children ever require dental care that
involves freezing, please don't hurt yourself like I did before
the anesthesia wears off. Please share this message with every parent
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