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  • Novocaine policy: I was recently at a dentist to get a filling fixed. This was a completely new dental office/dentist for me. After injecting the novocaine in my gums, I was left completely alone for 30 minutes. I ended up having an anxiety attack and was refused further treatment altogether. What or is there a universal policy not to leave patients unattended after injection for such lengthy periods of time? If so is there a way to report this? ...Visitor from PA     (answer)

  • Black and Blue after novacaine: On Monday I had a minor cavity filled on my lower left side. When the Dr first gave me the Novocaine it felt different than it has before, it almost felt as if the needle was going in deeper that usual. Then Tuesday I woke up to a black and blue on my chin. I called the dentist to let him know, and he said it was normal. Well, this is not normal for me. The injection was on my left lower side. In 56 years and a lot of work, extractions, bridges, crowns and a lot of Novocaine injections, this has never happened to me. By Friday it almost seemed worse and doesn’t seem to be going away. Can this be inexperience? I just am not sure if there is anything I can do about it, or should I worry? ...Visitor from Red Bank     (answer)

  • Tikosyn and dental work: I have recently started on Tikosyn for A-fib. I read where someone said that you cannot have novacaine for dental work if you are on Tikosyn. Is this true? If so, what do you do when you need to have dental work done? ...Visitor from IN     (answer)

  • Cavity Filled and Novacaine: I had a dentist give me a shot of novacaine in the cheek and he hit a nerve and was unable to fill the cavity because the nerve spasmed. I have put off having the cavity filled for 3 years due to this and am very afraid it will happen again. What are the chances? Should my dentist do something else to numb me? ...Visitor from MD     (answer)

  • Novacain Allergy: When I was 10 years old (1960) I passed out and turned gray at the dentist. The dentist said never to let anyone give me novacaine again. Since then, I have been able to use carbocaine. Now I am half-finished with a root canal and the endodontist says he can't continue using carbocaine because it doesn't last long enough. He wants to use Xylocaine. Is there a way I can predict if it will be safe? My mother has a severe allergy to epinephrine - I don't know if that could be a factor in my allergy. ...Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • Novacain numbing not enough: Any time I have been to a dentist in the past, they had a serious problem getting me numb enough to complete the necessary work. Novacain seems to numb my cheeks but does not do enough to numb the nerve in the tooth. Additionally, during two oral surgeries, I woke up during the surgey in severe pain. Now I need several root canals done and have been looking into sedation dentistry. It seems they rely heavily on novacain, will it help me? Is there a better alternative that I should be looking for? ...Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • Pregnancy and Novacaine: Why is it when you are pregnant that the use of long lasting novacaine can't be used? I just had a root canal done and during the procedure I was in so much pain because they could only use the short acting novacaine. I know that they use epinephrine in combination with other products for longer lasting relief. What is the danger with the use of epinephrine while pregnant especially considering it is a pretty low dose? ...Visitor from MN     (answer)

  • Novacaine causes interactions with other meds? I am having a tooth pulled. Will the novacaine and nitrous oxide gas I take interact with my other meds I take? These include Celexa, Xanax and Levoxal. ...Visitor from PA     (answer)

  • Bad Reaction to Novacaine: I recently had a bad reaction to novacaine when I went to the Dentist. I've also recently developed a bad allergy to wheat and gluten. Does novacaine contain either? I am worried about some kind of allergic syndrome developing. ...Visitor from IL     (answer)

  • Novacaine Injection Jaw Pain: Two weeks ago, I had 2 cavities filled. The teeth themselves are fine. The dentist had given me a shot of novacaine in the "hinge" of my jaw, and ever since the novacaine wore off, I have pain in the exact spot it was injected. I never had pain there before. This pain greatly restricts movement of my jaw - for example, I have pain chewing, I cannot bite an apple, and I've learned how to yawn with my mouth closed. I've asked my dentist about this already. She told me to take motrin for a few days, assuring me that this would "cure" the pain. It hasn't. I'm reluctant to have her look at it, without getting some information on what it could be first. ...Visitor from CT     (answer)

  • I went to the dentist for a crown on my molar. The last few times whenever he has given me novacaine it seems to wear off and I feel everything. My lip still stays numb and everthing around the tooth is numb but he gives me the maximum he can give me but I still can feel the intense stinging of his drill. He was able to put a temp crown on til the permanent one comes back. I asked him if there is anything I can take beforehand to help the novacaine stay the way its suppossed to be, by not being able to feel the procedure being done. I am miserable and my dentist said that there is nothing more I can take. He gives me the maximum doses every time I have a procedure done. Any advice. Could I take anything? ...Visitor from OH     (answer)

  • I went to the dentist due to pain in my tooth. I'd been avoiding it for a long time as I was traumatized at a dentist's office. The pain was excruitating so I decided to just face my fears and go. They discovered that my wisdom tooth was growing toward my molar and and had caused a huge cavity in it and pointed this out as the cause of pain. I was referred to an Endodonist for a root canal in the molar and an oral surgeon to extract the wisdom tooth. After a visit to the Endodonist I had extreme pain that extended from the back of my tongue up the back of my jaw and gave me a horrid ear ache. It seemed to originate from the site where the novocaine had been injected. The numbness should have worn off in a few days I was told. The numbness wore off in a few hours and what was left was this pain for about a week and a half. A little over three weeks later I had my appointment with the oral surgeon and the same thing happened with the pain at the site of the novocaine shot. It's lasting much longer than I was told the numbeness should be there and the ear ache and tongue ache seem worse. I noticed that there is some mention about migraine headaches. Should I have mentioned this to the Oral Surgeon or Endodonist? I think it slipped my mind.. I hadn't suffered from one in some time. I am being treated for them by my medical doctor and avoiding certain trigger foods which has worked well with the migraines. I'm confused and afraid to go back to have my stitches removed on Monday. I'm afraid that if I get novacaine again it will make this pain worse. Do you think I could be allergic to the novacaine or that my migraines may be causing some sort of problem? ...Visitor from NJ     (answer)


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