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Dentistry's wonder drugs

Michael J Wahl, Ronald S Brown
This article reviews recent developments concerning local anesthetics, including the amount of pain resulting from injection, which drugs achieve anesthesia most effectively, proper dosing for anesthetizing children and adults, the maximum recommended doses of lidocaine 2% with epinephrine for cardiac patients, and which drugs can be used for patients taking monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors, tricyclic antidepressants, or nonselective beta blockers. Dentists should be familiar with all aspects of local anesthetics, especially anesthetic toxicity and maximum recommended doses...
March 2010: General Dentistry
D Isen, J M Hawkins
As practitioners of dentistry we are truly fortunate to have these wonder agents which we tend to use like water everyday. It is estimated that over 11,000,000 cartridges of local anesthetics are administered every year in Ontario. The incredible safety record speaks for itself. However, we must caution ourselves that a local anesthetic is a drug and as such demands our ongoing skill, care and judgment for each individual case.
July 1995: Ontario Dentist
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