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what are common topical anesthetics used by dentists?

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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Topical Anesthetics: There are quite a few dental supply companies that sell their own brand of topical anesthetics for use by dentists. They generally all use the same ingredient Benzocaine and in high dosages than you can get otc.
Dr. Yuval Azulay
Dentistry 19 years experience
Topical Anesthetics : The most common topical anesthetics in dentistry are: 1. Benzocaine- gel or spray (most commonly used in 20%) 2. Lidocaine (viscous oral solution 2% solution) 3. Prilocaine 4. Tetracaine (18% benzocaine, 2% tetracaine).

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A 44-year-old member asked:

Whats a topical anesthetic agent?

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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
Numb skin: Administration of topical anesthetics to control pain associated with procedures such as laceration repair may avoid the need for infiltrative local anesthesia injections and associated pain from the injections. Topical anesthesia also avoids the risk of wound margin distortion that exists with infiltrative injection administration. Many dosage forms exist (gels, sprays, creams, ointments, patch).
A 39-year-old member asked:

Will being on cedax (ceftibuten) interfere with anesthetic?

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Dr. Gregory Blair
Dr. Gregory Blairanswered
Anesthesiology 9 years experience
No: Cedax (ceftibuten) is a common and safe antibiotic that will not interfere with most anesthetics. However, you should always tell your physician or anesthesiologist what medications you are on before a procedure, especially if they will be administering your home medications while you are in the hospital.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Is mepivacaine still a common anesthetic?

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Dr. Eric Nelson
Anesthesiology 16 years experience
Yes: Mepivacaine is still commonly used in nerve blocks for regional anesthesia. It provides a relatively quick onset for the block and a medium duration of action.
Dr. Simon Rosenberg
Dentistry 46 years experience
It's generic name for the branded name Carbocaine!
Sep 9, 2012
Dr. Simon Rosenberg
Dentistry 46 years experience
It has the advantage of not needing epinephrine (adrenaline) to make it last.
Sep 9, 2012
A 37-year-old member asked:

How long does novocain (procaine) anesthetic take to wear off?

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Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Give it time: Novocaine is a local anesthetic; it is supposed to make the area numb. Depending on your metabolism and how much was used, novocaine shots typically wear off in about 3-6 hours. Sometimes novocaine is mixed with Marcaine or another local anesthetic, and may take up to 12 hours to completely wear off. If you are worried, check with the doctor who did the procedure you were numbed up for.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What is the risk of anaesthetics to a patient with heart problems?

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Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
Anesthesiology 29 years experience
All anesthetics: Must be tailored to the needs and medical limitations of the patient. Discuss your medical issues with your doctor and then a plan will be crafted with them in mind. Your anesthesiologist will make sure those problems are optimized before moving forward to minimize risk.

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