Most dental restorations such as fillings, crowns, and root canals require that the tooth be numbed before your dentist can begin the restoration work. For some patients, their fear of a shot is worse than the actual dental treatment.
Certain people need to worry about more than just a small pinch. Allergies to anesthetics in dentistry are rare, but they do happen. Do you suspect that you may have one?
Novocain was a specific drug that is traditionally used in dentistry. It’s not the only one, however. A lot of patients use the word “Novocain” to refer to a numbing shot, but your dentist probably uses other drugs since Novocain has become outdated. Lidocaine is actually the most common, these days. Ask your dentist what kinds he or she has available.
It’s not just the anesthetic itself that you might be allergic to. A numbing shot contains other elements that help the drug to work faster and longer. When people have a reaction to anesthesia, it’s often because of the epinephrine in it. Check with your doctor to see whether you need to avoid epinephrine. Your dentist can offer you shots that don’t contain this ingredient, if necessary.
Is It an Allergy?
Anesthesia is complicated, making it hard to predict how individuals will respond. The hard part is that there isn’t a very definitive way to screen for a sensitivity to most anesthetic drugs themselves. You usually find out through experience which shots work well for you.
A true allergy to an anesthetic will manifest itself in signs like:
If you feel a little pinch or discomfort during the injection, don’t worry, it’s probably not an allergy! But should a real problem arise, your dentist will know what to do.
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