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Using Novocaine During Dental Procedures

Normally, novocaine lasts 60 minutes but when combined with epinephrine, it will continue for up to 90 minutes. Here’s more.

Main points:

– Local anaesthesia is necessary for oral surgeries & teeth extraction.

– Your dose will be determined by the type of procedure, the number of nerves being treated and the size of the site.

– Various health conditions like Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome or an infection make you less sensitive to novocaine.

– However, epinephrine should never be used on heart disease and hypertension patients.

Talk to the dentist to confirm if you can use epinephrine.

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Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.