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Please help! what is the usual ingredient in topical dental anesthetic?

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Dr. Joy Poskozim
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In brief: 20% Benzocaine

Benzocaine is a local anesthetic commonly used as a topical pain reliever or in cough drops.
It is the active ingredient in many otc anesthetic ointments such as products for oral ulcers. It has been used prior to local anesthesia for dental work for years. Some experience a burning sensation when used, may be a type of allergy/contact dermatitis. Usually the longer on, the better it works.

In brief: 20% Benzocaine

Benzocaine is a local anesthetic commonly used as a topical pain reliever or in cough drops.
It is the active ingredient in many otc anesthetic ointments such as products for oral ulcers. It has been used prior to local anesthesia for dental work for years. Some experience a burning sensation when used, may be a type of allergy/contact dermatitis. Usually the longer on, the better it works.
Dr. Joy Poskozim
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