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Can I drive myself home after getting a ceramic dental crown?

Under normal circumstances, you should be able to drive following the appointment to have a ceramic dental crown put in because your dentist will most likely give you a local anesthetic that numbs only the area around your tooth.

A local anesthetic contains a drug frequently used in dental offices to numb a tooth for a procedure, so you won’t feel pain while the dentist works on your tooth. When a local anesthetic is used, you are fully awake and aware like you normally are. The drug only numbs the skin and tissue on a small part of your body and does not make you sleepy.

After you leave the dental office and until the drug wears off completely, your face may feel funny from the numbness and it might be difficult to eat or drink.

General anesthesia, on the other hand, sedates you so that you doze off. It usually takes about 45 minutes to recover from general anesthesia. This type of drug is sometimes used by dentists, but usually not for someone who is having a ceramic dental crown put it. If your dentist uses general anesthesia, you will need someone to drive you home.

It’s always a good idea to find out beforehand what if any drug your dentist plans to use for the procedure.

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