Talking About Benzocaine

Sometimes, the pain in your mouth is in a place where it can’t be reached, but often, you can ease your discomfort with a topical pain reliever containing benzocaine. Products with benzocaine can be found in drug and retail stores.

Benzocaine is effective at temporarily relieving discomfort, however, if you are experiencing pain in your mouth, you should contact your dentist for an appointment to address the cause of the pain. Benzocaine has been linked to a condition called methemoglobinemia. This condition is not common, but it is serious since it reduces the amount of oxygen that your bloodstream carries throughout your body. If you use a product with benzocaine and experience shortness of breath, fatigue, an increased heart rate, or anything out of the ordinary, you should seek medical attention immediately.

Children who are teething will suffer from pain in their gums. However, because of the risk of methemoglobinemia, children under the age of two should not be given products containing benzocaine. Instead, give your child a chilled spoon, or a clean, chilled teething ring. Gentle pressure with your finger through a piece of clean gauze can also help your child feel better. You should talk with your doctor and your dentist before giving your child any medication for teething.

If you are dealing with a toothache, don’t rely on temporary measures to solve a permanent problem. To make an appointment with Dr. Scott Barnett at Pell City Dental Center PC in Pell City, Alabama, call 205-473-0044 today.


An Extracted Tooth Requires Some Basic Care During the Recovery Process

Dr. Scott Barnett only uses a dental extraction as a last resort treatment to alleviate pain and prevent further infection from a severely decayed or traumatized tooth. Afterward, he will provide you with any necessary prescriptions for an antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, or pain medications.

Maintaining the local gum tissues will go a long way towards speeding the recovery process, while also reducing your chances of suffering a secondary infection.​

Throughout the healing process, it’s best to try to eat soft foods or avoid chewing in that area of your mouth. It’s also best to avoid drinking anything through a straw as it could pull blot clots loose from the incisions.​

It’s perfectly natural the extraction site incision bleeds occasionally for a few days. You can help control the bleeding by biting down lightly on some sterile gauze. Once it has stopped you can gently wash away any lingering blood with a little lukewarm saltwater.​

When all your periodontal tissues have healed and any infection concerns have passed, Dr. Scott Barnett can help you understand your dental restoration options. This often involves installing a dental bridge or a dental implant with a dental crown into the void.​

If you have had a tooth extracted at Dr. Scott Barnett’s clinic in Pell City, Alabama, and you have recovery questions or concerns, you can always call 205-473-0044 to speak to a staff member at Pell City Dental Center PC