Is benzocaine an anesthetic?

Todd A. Welch, DMD
In dentistry, benzocaine is utilized as a topical (gel) anesthetic. It is used in a gel form that is placed on the gum tissues to numb the gums prior to the actual dental injection. It can also help with apthous ulcers in the mouth.
Benzocaine is considered an oral anesthetic. It is considered an anesthetic because it numbs the mouth by dulling the nerve endings in the affected area. This product helps to relieve the pain caused by dentures, braces, canker sore, cold sores, fever blister, mouth irritation or injury, and painful gums in teething children.

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