Thursday, August 31, 2023

Dental Anesthetics

I had some dental work done today and had a very good experience with Prilocaine HCl (Citanest) as opposed the typical Septocaine (Articaine) that the dental practice usually uses.  

Citanest lasts about 30 minutes

Articaine lasts about 45-75 minutes

The practice sometimes uses Bupivacaine (Marcaine) which can last 90 minutes or longer.  

Procaine (Novacaine) developed in 1905 is no longer because it could cause an allergic reaction in some patients.  It was replaced in 1948 by Lidocaine.  Per the internet, Lidocaine is a relatively weak anesthetic.  I will have to pay more attention to numbing agents in the future.

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