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Dental Anesthesia

Problem After Having Fillings

11/06/2009

Question:

I recently had some fillings done at my dentist`s office. Everything went fine until I got up from the chair. I felt really light headed and literally ran into the wall, I felt like I was drunk, very drunk. I had the shakes, thought about calling my husband to come and get me instead of driving but after a few minutes I quit shaking enough to go home. The symptoms didn`t disappear for at least an hour after I got home. What happened and what should I tell my dentist?

Answer:

I am sorry, but I don't have enough information to answer your question. Most important would be your age, current medical conditions, current medications, what was done at your appointment, type and amount of anesthetic used, what were your vital signs when these symptoms occurred, etc. It may be best to discuss this with your dentist as I do not have this information. The range of possibilities is very large. 

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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