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Novocain Procaine Shot
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
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
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
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?
Is there any medical reason for a dentist to give novocain (procaine) shots prior to general anesthesia?
If you are having: General anethesia, the dentist should wait until you are asleep before he injects. ...Read more
Why would I have jaw stiffnes and pain weeks after I had a novocain (procaine) shot during at my dentist?
Shot location?: Could be where the shot was, if it made the muscle sore, or if you had your mouth open too long and made it sore. ...Read more
Need more info: What was the shot for and where was it placed in relation to the spinal column? ...Read more
Not as bad.: 1 of the effects of lydicane is to numb the area but unfortunately there's a burning sensation as that process takes place within the nerve cells. The vaccine does not contain any numbing medication so ironically it will hurt less than getting numbing medication does. You should have no trouble. ...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
If I ice the side of my cheek where the shot of novocain (procaine) was, will the numbness go away?
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
For what?: Effective for what? Your post does not say. In addition, you cannot "take" novocaine... It needs to be administered by injection. ...Read more
Sometime...: Novocain (procaine) side effects are rare. Some are temporary tingling, numbness and pain around the injection site. Most of these usually go away with time. More severe side effects-- anaphalactic shock, irregular heart rate with pain, anxiety (fainting), nausea, need to be reported to your dentist or emergency room. There are other anesthetics other than novacain that have more side effects. ...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
Not long: Several hours at most.Get a more detailed answer ›
Too much.: Overdose simply means you took too much; this can be uncomfortable or dangerous (even life-threatening). It's important that you always take any medications under the supervision of a trained health professional. Incidentally Novocain is (as far as I'm aware) no longer used in dentistry; because of allergy issues this application was discontinued many years ago. ...Read more
A little bit: There will be a slight pinch and some burning when the dentist injects, but it goes away quickly and your mouth goes numb. ...Read more
Novocain (procaine): We don't use novocain (procaine) in the usa. It isn't advisable to take anxiolytics before your surgery, if you aren't a chronic user. It raises issues of impairment and inability to consent to a procedure. Request intravenous sedation with your procedure. If they are not skilled with IV sedation, then ask for nitrous oxide. ...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
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
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
Seek medical help: How did you od on novocaine? You need urgent medical care. Irreversible cardiac arrythmias can occur. ...Read more