My periodontist wants to do gum surgery on the two lower front teeth at once. My former dentist said never let a dentist do anesthesia on both sides of your mouth at once, it can paralyze the swallowing reflex. It happened to him! My periodontist says this is not true. Can you clarify? Can this happen?

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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 21 - July - 2017, at 01:36 AM

  • If only the front teeth need gum surgery that can be done simultaneously as for front teeth we don’t have to anesthetise the whole jaw. For this the dentist has to give anesthesia for only the front teeth and this does not paralyze the swallowing reflex. The swallowing reflex is paralyzed only when the dentist has to give inferior alveolar nerve block on both sides. For more information on local anesthesia you can visit the following link on our website. 

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