Novocaine is a type of local anesthetic that’s commonly used during dental procedures to reduce pain and discomfort.
It’s unlikely that your child will experience any Novocaine side effects, but there are a few things you should know about the medication.
Most people’s bodies tolerate Novocaine very well. The most common side effects associated with Novocaine are mild:
These side effects may be difficult for a child to understand. Offer plenty of reassurance and TLC.
Novocaine facilitates lengthy or uncomfortable procedures. It’s necessary for the patient, of course, to keep them comfortable (especially during more invasive procedures, like extractions and root canals). It’s also necessary for the dentist – it’s much easier to provide quality treatment when a patient is calm and comfortable.
Novocaine is an anesthetic, and there’s no way to stop its numbing effect on demand. There’s no doubt that your child’s mouth will be numb after the procedure – it’s better the Novocaine lasts too long than not long enough.
In general, the numbness will subside within a few hours. Until then, encourage your child to be cautious while chewing and speaking.
For Kool Smiles’ partner dentists, your child’s health and safety are a top priority. If you have questions about Novocaine and its side effects, or if you’d like to know whether it’s necessary for your child’s treatment, reach out to a Kool Smiles Kids Club partner clinic in your area.