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Novocain Allergy In Children
Natural v. man-made: There is about 1 in 1000 people that are allergic to Novocain. The allergic reaction is the same as any other allergic reaction...swelling, itching and possibly even death. But the industry has, for many years, been using an altered version that has a much lower allergy rate. But just think of the allergy like any other allergy like to peanuts. ...Read more
There is about 1 in 1000 people that are allergic to Novocain. The allergic reaction is the same as any other allergic reaction...swelling, itching and possibly even death. But the industry has, for many years, been using an altered version that has a much lower allergy rate. But just think of the allergy like any other ...Read more
Possibly: Both local anesthetics are esters, which means they are in the same family. However, true allergy is rare. Most commonly it is a side effect of Epinephrine added or a preservative. Lidocaine, Marcaine and other amide local anesthetics shouldn't cross-react. Cocaine has its own side-effects that are very dangerous so stay away, allergic or not. ...Read more
Novocaine: ..is the common brand name of procaine which is rarely used in dentistry anymore because of allergy to PABA, a direct metabolite of procaine. An allergy means a symptomatic response to an allergan (procaine) that can range from a mild inflammatory response to lethal anaphylaxis. ...Read more
Hi I have blocked or swollen or tightness in my throat which only started after ive been to the dentist. I think I have an alergy to the novacaine?
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
Sometimes: We would love to be able to always give patients painless injections. Most often the pain is minimal. Depending on the type of injection and where it is given, some hurt more than others. Your dentist should use topical anesthetics to pre-numb the site and careful technique to minimize discomfort. ...Read more
Seek medical help: How did you od on novocaine? You need urgent medical care. Irreversible cardiac arrythmias can occur. ...Read more
Wait: It will wear off over time. I assume if you are writing it has been more than a few hours already. If this has been going on greater than 24 hours call your dentist. ...Read more
Tincture of time: Although there is an injectable drug that can reverse the effects of local anesthetic (phentolamine mesylate), patients tend to resist the idea of additional injections. The most practical approach to abolishing numbness is to allow time for nature to take its course. In the future, you might consider asking for an anesthetic without a vasoconstrictor, as this has a shorter duration of action. ...Read more
If I ice the side of my cheek where the shot of novocain (procaine) was, will the numbness go away?
Depends: There are some areas where it is possible to give anesthetic almost completely painless. If your dentist uses topical anesthetic first and leaves it on long enough, goes slow and uses body temperature anesthetic, it is very palatable. There are some things like vibroject and the sta wand system that can make other areas better, too. ...Read more
Possibly: It depends on what you are asking. The normal side effects are numbness, loss of sensation in the area of injection. Depending on the type and what vasoconstrictor was used there could be other side effects. ...Read more
Short answer, "No": You might have some residual discomfort after the "novocaine" wears off. It might be due to the actual injection and/or the drilling of the tooth, but if there is any discomfort, it should resolve very rapidly. If not, go back to your dentist. Sometimes the bite needs a little refinement, or there are other underlying problems that have to be addressed, especially in deep, extensive fillings. ...Read more
Not really: Pain is actually very subjective, while someone may feel it hurts terribly, someone else may not feel it at all. A big part of it is how 'heavy-handed' or gentle your dentist is, and you can talk to some of his/her patients to get an idea. Ask your dentist to put a bit of topical anesthetic before you get the shot, and it will help you in feeling less of the pinch of the needle. ...Read more
For your comfort: Pinching the skin while injecting causes nerve fibers to transmit the sensation of "pain" to the brain. Once these fibers have sent their signal, they cannot immediately send another signal, which makes the actual injection more comfortable until the anesthetic has a chance to take effect. Also, pinching may be performed to protect an anatomic structure. ...Read more
Systemic: Side effects such as jitters, ringing in the ears, metallic taste in the mouth, irritability, seizures and eventually heart rythmn problems can occur. ...Read more
I received 3/4 shots of Novocain (procaine). numbness lasted for a little over 3.5 hours. I breastfed about a half hour after the numbness went away. Is that ok?
It's fine: Dental injections are local in nature and should not affect your breast milk. ...Read more
Yes: No contraindication for the use of local anesthetics. ...Read more
Of course: Of course, you can ask the dentist anything. The numbing gel you are talking about is usually 20% lidocaine. It numbs the surface before the needle is inserted. ...Read more
Will I be able to request the dentist to not put the numbing paste stuff on before the novocain (procaine) shot?
Thanks for asking!: They have different side effect profile, but usually the local anesthetic-novocain would have more benign effects. ...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
Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more