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Dental Anesthesia

Eating Before Dental Procedures

10/21/2010

Question:

MY DENTIST INSISTS THAT LOCAL ANESTHESIA DOES NOT WORK PROPERLY IF I HAVE NOT EATEN BEFORE AN APPOINTMENT. HE EXPLAINED THAT THE REASON I WAS HARD TO NUMB AND DID NOT STAY COMPLETLY NUMB DURING THE FILLING WAS DUE TO THE FACT THAT I HAD SKIPPED BREAKFAST. HIS FURTHER EXPLAINATION WAS THAT MY BODY WAS MISTAKING THE ANESTHESIA AS FOOD AND WAS PROCESSING IT MUCH TOO QUICKLY. IS THIS TRUE? IT SOUNDS A LITTLE FISHY TO ME

Answer:

An interesting theory but I cannot see any scientific validity to it.

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Response by:

Steven I Ganzberg, SB, DMD, MS Steven I Ganzberg, SB, DMD, MS
Formerly, Clinical Professor of Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University