Numbness - Tingly Sensation

Numbness Instructions – What is that tingly sensation?

Numbness Instructions to help parents with services to infants, toddlers, teens and children with special needs. Sheer Smiles Pediatric Dentistry is located in Frisco, Texas and we proudly serve the surrounding cities of Little Elm, The Colony, Plano, Prosper, and Oak Point.



Numbness Instructions – What is that tingly sensation?

Numbness Instructions to help parents with services to infants, toddlers, teens and children with special needs. Sheer Smiles Pediatric Dentistry is located in Frisco, Texas and we proudly serve the surrounding cities of Little Elm, The Colony, Plano, Prosper, and Oak Point.



Numbness Instructions

Sometimes your dentist needs to numb a part of your mouth. He or she injects medicine into your gum or inner cheek. This medicine is called local anesthesia. Lidocaine is the most common local anesthetic that dentists use. There are many others. They all have names ending in “-caine.” Many people think of Novocain as the classic numbing drug. But Novocain actually is not used anymore. Other drugs last longer and work better than Novocain. These drugs also are less likely to cause allergic reactions. The numbing drug is only one part of what’s injected. The liquid in the injection also can include: A type of drug called a vasoconstrictor. This drug narrows your blood vessels. This makes the numbness last longer. A chemical that keeps the vasoconstrictor from breaking down Sodium hydroxide, which helps the numbing drug work Sodium chloride, which helps the drugs get into your blood

There are two kinds of numbing injections. A block injection numbs an entire region of your mouth, such as one side of your lower jaw. An infiltration injection numbs a smaller area. This is the area near where the injection was given. If you need local anesthesia in order to have your dental treatment done, your dentist will dry part of your mouth with air or cotton. Many dentists then swab the area with a gel to numb the skin. Then, your dentist will slowly inject the local anesthetic. Most people don’t feel the needle. Instead, the sting they feel is caused by the anesthetic moving into the tissue.

Numbness Post-Operative Instructions:

  • The sensation of being numb after the appointment is typically the most challenging aspect for a child to understand
  • It may take 1-4 hours for the numbness to wear off
  • Avoid eating foods that require much chewing (a soft food diet is recommended)
  • Monitor your child closely so that he/she does not bite their tongue, cheek or lips

About Dr. Solmaz Shir, DDS

Presently, Dr. Solmaz Shir is a Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Dentistry. In addition, Dr. Shir, Received her Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science from the University of Texas at Austin, and her Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S) degree from University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.

Specifically, Dr. Solmaz Shir graduated from dental school with a distinction in academic teaching. After that, she received numerous leadership, academic, and dentistry awards. As a result, Dr. Solmaz Shir has held a position as part-time faculty at Baylor College of Dentistry while practicing general dentistry in private practice setting in DFW area.

Sheer Smiles participates with most PPO insurance plans. Medicaid and CHIP accepted.

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Our plan is designed to provide greater access to quality
dental care at an affordable price.

Yearly maximums. None!
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No pre-authorization requirements.
Pre-existing condition limitations. None!
No one will be denied coverage.
No waiting periods (immediate eligibility).

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Same Day Pediatric Emergency Appointments!

Sudden dental injuries or severe pain can be frightening. In these emergency situations, we will be there to help your child, 24/7/365!

What Our Kids Parents Think About Us!

Dr. Shir was amazing!!

Dr. Shir was great in taking care of my little one’s tongue and lip tie. The staff here are very friendly and helpful. They definitely are thorough in explanations of the procedure that was going to be done and I would highly recommend them.

Vicky V. - Patients Mom

Best pediatric dental I have visited!

Everyone at Sheer Smiles is so welcoming. We felt like family from the first appointment. Dr. Shir was great with my two girls. The hygienists were wonderful as well as the front desk staff. Hands down – the best pediatric dental practice I have visited!

Meliha D. - Patients Mom

My two little ones love going to Sheer Smiles!

My two little ones love going to Sheer Smiles! The office is always nice and clean. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. There is never a long wait to be seen, so anxious and impatient little ones aren’t kept waiting. There are even TVs on the ceilings in the patient area with entertainment to… Read more “My two little ones love going to Sheer Smiles!”

Veronica C. - Patients Mom

Dr. Shir will provide the best Pediatric Dentistry services for your child!

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