What are the Side Effects of Dental Novocaine?

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.

Does Dental Novocaine Have Any Side Effects?

Most people’s bodies tolerate Novocaine very well. The most common side effects associated with Novocaine are mild:

    • Numbness around the injection site. It takes a while for an anesthetic to wear off. Encourage your child to be extra-cautious when eating as they may accidentally bite their tongue.
    • A tingling sensation around the injection site. The numbness doesn’t wear off all at once, and as the effect of the anesthetic dissipates, your child may feel some tingling or “pins and needles.”
    • Minor swelling around the injection site. When any type of medication is injected, there’s a risk of swelling around the injection site.

These side effects may be difficult for a child to understand. Offer plenty of reassurance and TLC.

Why Is Dental Novocaine Necessary?

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.

How Long Will Tooth Numbness Last with Dental Novocaine?

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.

Speak to a Kool Smiles Partner Dentist Today

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.