What is Lidocaine? | Dental Treatment Guide

Lidocaine can come as an ointment or as an aesthetic patch. It is used for reducing pain during injections. Viscous lidocaine is a thick liquid that can be used to relive pain from dry socket or alveolar osteitis, a complication from tooth extraction. After lidocaine is applied, it will take about three minutes for the area to become numb. The numbness will last for about fifteen minutes. Anaesthetic preparations that have lidocaine are only approved for in-office use and they must be applied directly in the mouth. Over-the-counter products that have lidocaine like ointments for cold sores must not be used in the mouth.

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