Advertisement

Is benzocaine an anesthetic?

Todd A. Welch, DMD
Periodontics
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.

Continue Learning about Anesthetic Agent

Does topical lidocaine have any side effects?
Donna Hill Howes, RNDonna Hill Howes, RN
Side effects may include redness, swelling, itching, or red or purple spots where the patch is appli...
More Answers
What are the advantages of conscious sedation?
American Society of AnesthesiologistsAmerican Society of Anesthesiologists
Oftentimes, sedation analgesia or conscious sedation -- a semi-conscious state that allows patients ...
More Answers
What medications interact with benzodiazepines?
Dr. John Preston, PsyDDr. John Preston, PsyD
When taking benzodiazepines, any other type of medication that causes drowsiness or impaired alertne...
More Answers
What is conscious sedation?
Lisa MomentLisa Moment
Conscious sedation is a type of sedation used to help patients feel relaxed enough to get through a ...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.