What is Septocaine?

A local anesthetic (LA) is a drug that causes reversible local anesthesia, generally for the aim of having a local analgesic effect, that is, inducing absence of pain sensation, although other local senses are often affected as well. Also, when it is used on specific nerve pathways (local anesthetic nerve block), paralysis (loss of muscle power) can be achieved as well.

Clinical local anesthetics belong to one of two classes: aminoamide and aminoester local anesthetics. Synthetic local anesthetics are structurally related to cocaine. They differ from cocaine mainly in that they have a very low abuse potential and do not produce hypertension or (with few exceptions) vasoconstriction.

Local anesthetics are used in various techniques of local anesthesia such as:

  • Topical anesthesia (surface)
  • Infiltration
  • Plexus block
  • Epidural (extradural) block
  • Spinal anesthesia (subarachnoid block)

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I am a dental hygienist for a periodontal practice. Our practice recently started using articadent 4%HCL 1:100:000 vs septocaine (articaine 4%HCL...

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There should not be a difference in efficacy between the Dentsply product and the Septodont product. Anesthetics are very sensitive to...

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is it possible to have ecchymosis, or otherwise unexplained black and blue marks as a result of a septocaine injection for tooth extraction from...

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although septocaine injection may cause ecchymosis, it's not supposed to last that long. You haven't...

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Hi, I have a root canal Friday on a front incisor and am very nervous. Can you tell me about the procedure, and more importantly, the pain. No...

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Hello and thank you for your question.
Root canal procedures are typically painless. We typically will place topical anesthetic on your gums, then...

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