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People who feel anxious before undergoing a dental care procedure might like to know that progress has been made in anesthesiology, which could make visiting the dentist a more comfortable experience.
More than 17 million people get a root canal every year, according to ABC. This procedure, which sometimes involves discomfort, is bearable thanks to anesthetics. However, painkillers can have a residual effect that some patients find unpleasant. After leaving the dentist's, it can be difficult to talk, eat and drink because of numbness. Fortunately, some professionals are now administering a drug that minimizes such inconveniences.
"It causes vasodilation, so it makes those blood vessels dilate in the area and the act of the dilation helps to reverse the affects of the anesthetic," Dr Vidya Sankar said of Lidocaine to the news source. "It shortens the length of anesthetic, soft tissue anesthesia and return to normal function."
Clinical trials showed that many patients who were given Lidocaine recovered from their procedures within an hour, reports the publication.
The American Dental Association says root canals are simple procedures that normally require one to three visits to the dentist.
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