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Does Novacaine Cause Headache
Woke up with lower lip feeling numb like Novocain. It went away after a few minutes. Also had a headache earlier. Could I have had a stroke?
The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more
Novacaine heart att:
Novacaine can cause heart problems if it is overdosed. Will decrease the absorption of the novacaine into your blood, but it to can cause heart problems when injected directly into the blood stream.
A heart attack happens when the oxygen consumption in the heart exceeds the blood supply to a section of heart. This is more likely to happen whith an unintended bloodstream injection of epinephrine. ...Read more
Is it possible that having novacaine shots for dental work could have done damage to a nerve that now causes ring in my ear?
Inj -> Tinnitus?: Extremely unlikely and remote connection that a routine dental injection would damage a nerve, and even less likely to cause ringing in the ear. Having your mouth open for an extended time or stretching it wide open would be more likely if you were predisposed to TMD. I would start by seeing an ENT specialist for an evaluation. ...Read more
Novacaine shot caused immediate pain in my ear and felt nauseous and dizzy almost passing out. Now severe ear pain especially at night. Cause?
Cause??: Your own dentist would be the best one to answer these questions as he\she knows you, your dental history & the specifics surrounding your last visit. Having said that, your initial reaction might have been psychogenic or a reaction to the injection. Your ear pain may be a result of TMD, related to your dental problem or completely unrelated such as an ear infection. Speak to your dentist first. ...Read more
Structure: The molecules are similar and do the same thing but their chemical structure is different. ...Read more
Novacaine: Novacaine has not been used for years. Other more common local anesthetics are: lidocaine, mepivicaine, prilocaine, articaine and bupivacaine. ...Read more
Reversal Agent: There are really 2 ways you and your dentist, can control to quicken the length of action of local anesthesia. The first is under your control and that is overall metabolism. If you increase your metabolic rate, the Lidocaine will wear off faster. The second, requires a second injection of a reversal agent called "oraverse". There are others also used, but this is the most popular, currently. ...Read more
Individual variance: This should be discussed with your dentist prior to him\her treating you. While there are some patients who do not require local anesthesia for fillings, & there are some very small fillings that require no local anesthesia, most patients do require something to ensure they will be comfortable for the procedure. In some cases 'sweet air' is used alone or in combination with an injection. ...Read more
Depends.: Novocaine has not been used in the us for many years. Newer, more effective local anesthetics have replaced it. Some last longer than others and where the injection is given matters as well. Lower teeth can stay numb longer. The amount given will also determine duration. In general, numbness will last from 30 minutes to up to 6-8 hours. ...Read more
Novocaine: Is used less frequently today since more effective and less allergenic alternatives such as Lidocaine exist. The "novacaine" has become the generic term for anything that a dentist injects to get you numb. Novocaine is used as an injection form only. ...Read more
As needed: Every person is different, some teeth may need less then a cartridge (1.8ml). Some other teeth more then one, the max depends on the age, the heath and the weight of the patient, some agents are more potent then others. Ultimately it depends on your reaction and to the effect of the anesthetic. Hope this help ease your concerns. Good luck, dr mokbel, scdntalimplants. Com. ...Read more
Yes Many Factors: Just your anxiety or stress about the root canal can make you "sick". It is rare but possible to be allergic to "novocaine", now usually xylocaine (lidocaine). And if you received a lot of local anesthesia, the more possible. Lastly, if the tooth had a large infection, it is possible the root canal caused a systemic reaction. ...Read more
Nothing: Getting the non-feeling of the Novocaine to wear off faster is often unsuccessful. If this is always the case, possibly ask your dentist to use an anesthetic that is designed to wear off faster. Still, each individual may react differently in terms of time for the Novocaine to dissipate. ...Read more
Less med or no epi:
For certain procedures your dentist may be able to use less medication, or one without a vasoconstrictor, which will allow the anesthetic to wear off faster.
Oraverse is a medication your dentist can inject to reverse the effects of the anesthetic, but involves an additional injection and still takes at least an hour to work. ...Read more
It varies.: Novocaine is rarely used today. The most common local anesthetic is lidocaine, and the most common formulation is packaged with epinephrine. Lidocaine with Epinephrine will usually provide deep anesthesia to the nerve of a tooth for 45 minutes and for the soft tissue, lips, gums, etc, for twice that. Anesthetic without Epinephrine wears off quicker. Some anesthetics, like marcaine, can last hours. ...Read more
Fear of injections: First- find a recommended and compassionate dentist. Second-ask to discuss this issue prior to any procedure. Third-trust the dentist as he she has extensive experience and techniques to minimize any discomfort. Fourth- see if your dentist uses "sweet air" as it really gets your mind off the treatment and relaxes you. Patients love it. Finally-like jumping in a pool\ocean, never as bad as u think! ...Read more
Reversal agent: There is now an injection that can be given at the end of an appointment that actually reverses the numbness immediately. It is relatively expensive, and I like the fact that the numbness lingers during the immediate post treatment period. Nsaid administration also insures post injection comfort. ...Read more
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