If you’re preparing for a dental procedure like a cavity filling or tooth extraction, it’s not uncommon for your dentist to use a local anesthetic like lidocaine or septocaine. And, lucky for you, novocaine is nothing to be afraid of! Novocaine works quickly to numb the area around the tooth and its effects usually don’t last long post-procedure. Novocaine is considered a safe drug for most people by the FDA. However, as with any drug, there is a risk of experiencing some side effects after using novocaine.
Novocaine’s most common side effects are numbness, tingling, soreness and minor pain around the injection site. These side effects are usually mild and often go away within a few hours of the injection. Talk to your doctor if you experience any prolonged, unusual side effects.