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Novocaine Side Effects
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
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
Is a rare side effect of epidural steroid injections the feeling that all your muscles were shot with novocaine?
Local: Often times a local anesthetic is added to the steroid injection which can cause some motor (muscle) weakness and sense of numbness usually bellow the site of the injection. A way that all your muscles would feel weak or numb is if some of that local anesthetic went into the subdural space. ...Read more
The left side of my face is getting numb feels like I got a shot of novocaine in my left cheek! I feel sort of disorientated. Don't know! I'm not used to dr. S but im paniced!
Facial: Facial numbness can be from many causes like bell's palsy, a complicated migraine headache to a stroke. I don't know your age or your medical history. Because you are also experiencing disorientation, I recommend that you be evaluated at the emergency room to determine the cause. I wish you well. ...Read more
Husband has type 2 diabetes. He has a small area of facial numbness on right side of mouth, like dental procedure/novocaine, fingertips, right.
See doctor: Whether or not the diabetes is well controlled this condition should be evaluated asap. It could be caused by a number of different things. Diabetic neuropathy, a tumor or growth impinging on a nerve, circulation problems, multiple sclerosis are all things that can cause numbness or tingling anywhere in the body. Get him to the doctor quickly. Good luck. ...Read more
If I ice the side of my cheek where the shot of novocain (procaine) was, will the numbness go away?
Novocaine: There is just one kind of novocaine. ...Read more
Local Anesthetics: Both Lidocaine (xylocaine) and novocaine (procaine) are local anesthetics that anesthetize, or numb. Lidocaine is an amide and novocaine an ester local anesthetic respectively -- this refers to their chemical structure and bonding that dictate onset of action, duration of action and metabolism to some degree. Essentially, they both have the same action. ...Read more
Generally, yes: Practically any drug can cause allergic reaction. Having said that, the true allergy, defined as a reaction mediated by antibodies etc., is more common to novocaine, than to lidociane, particularly if it is in preservative- free solution. Your doctor will help you to determine the right answer after gathering a bit more information. Hope that helps. ...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: Novocaine, generic name is procaine is hardly ever used at all these days as a local anesthetic for a variety of reasons. There are safer, more effective local anesthetics that should be used in place of Novocaine. In addition, I would not recommend that anyone attempt to manufacture a prescription drug intended to be injected into the body. Please do not attempt to do this. ...Read more
The trend for porcelain veneers is toward not preparing teeth. If you have the right case, then you may not need to be numbed.
But many cases still need to have some numbing to get great results.
If you just want somewhat of an improvement then no -prep can be an option. If you want a perfect, amazing smile, then some preparation is probably necessary.
For veneers, see the best cosmetic dentist! ...Read more
Few of them (3-5): They have to be sure that area is numb so they could work on it. ...Read more
Potency: Potency of the medication can be affected by expiration date, sun light or high temperature or infection at the sight of injection, you need to discuss it with the operating physician ...Read more
Local anesthetic?: As mentioned, we don't use novocaine and haven't for decades. I think you mean the injectable local anesthetic: dentists get this from dental suppliers or through a pharmacy which require a dea certificate and/or a dental license on file for purchasing. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Several reasons: With regard to dental anesthesia, anatomical differences between patients may affect whether or not the local is effective. An acute infection/abscess produces a difference in ph which can make it more difficult to achieve profound anesthesia. Certain medical conditions also may make it more difficult for the local anesthetics to be metabolized, and more difficult for the patient. ...Read more
See Allergy: Local anesthetic allergy is very rare, some argue that it does not even exist. If there is a concern about a reaction to a local anesthetic agent see and allergist. They will review your history, perform a physical and if needed they can skin test to the local anesthetic if needed. Based upon those results decision can be made about if one is allergic and how to proceed. ...Read more
Novacainereplacement: Lidocaine\xylocaine and carbocaine\mepivicaine are probably the two most widely used and popular local anesthetics used by dentists nowadays. ...Read more
Probably same: Strictly speaking, Benzocaine is for the topical use only, novocaine (generic: procaine) can be injected. For topical formulation to achieve similar effect, different concentrations (strengths) are used; for Benzocaine it is 20%, I believe, and for novocaine is less. But because you are not preparing the formulations yourself, the " weaker" medicine will produce the same effect as the"stronger". ...Read more
Paresthesia and shot: It depends where your paresthesia is and where the novocaine shot will be. If your paresthesia is localized to a specific area and the shot will be in a different area of the body, then the chances are that the paresthesia will probably not get worse temporarily. If the paresthesia and shot are in the same area, then there will be an increase in the numbness in that area for a few hours. ...Read more
Many variables: Every dentist is prepared for a nervous patient that may faint/ syncope. What are the variables? Did your MD state that you can only have carbocaine? Are you sensitive to epinephrine? Did you eat prior to the appointment? It may be a good idea to have a mild oral sedative to alleviate anxiety, be sure to bring a driver. ...Read more
While Novocaine allergies do occur occasionally, true allergies to lidocaine are extremely rare. If this has actually been documented by an allergist, there are few good alternatives.
Many people think they are allergic due to rapid heart rate- this is actually a normal reaction to epinephrine commonly used together. ...Read more
Depends: Some smaller areas of decay can be removed without local anesthesia. There are a number of dentists who are using lasers to remove decay and are able to treat some decayed teeth comfortably without administering local anesthesia. Some describe the removal of decay with a laser as a much more comfortable procedure than the traditional drill. Deep areas of decay would likely require anesthesia. ...Read more
Novocaine: If you are having a procedure performed in which there will be some degree of discomfort, nitrous oxide or laughing gas may allow you to feel less anxious, but will do little to alleviate the discomfort from the procedure. You will still likely require a local anesthetic. The nitrous may make the injections more tolerable. ...Read more
Depends: There are about 10-15 different anesthetics that dentists can use based on a number of factors. The all have different duration's of action. It is also different with different people based on metabolism. The most common anesthetic used- Lidocaine typically takes around 1-2 hours to wear off for your teeth and around 4 hours to wear off for your gums/lips. ...Read more
Depends: How long ago did they do the work? ...Read more
Dentist gave my wife a shot of coloform instead of novocaine now her face is all swollen. Do we need to be concerned?
Possible carbocaine?: Perhaps you mean carbocaine? Speak with the dentist that treated your wife. ...Read more
I have a white hole that has been hurting for 4 days now where the dentist gave me a shot of novocaine to fill my front tooth....should I be worried?
Contact DDS: The bone is thinner in the anterior region of the mouth so some residual discomfort may be present for a couple of days. If you feel that something is abnormal see your dentist for a clinical evaluation. ...Read more
It Can: A local anesthetic can produce altered sensation of several structures of the mouth and face. The swelling of the gums can be due to an altered sensation rather than a physical swelling. In some instances, injection of a local anesthetic into the tissues adjacent to or above or below the root of the tooth will produce some physical swelling of the tissues, which resolves. ...Read more
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