Lidocaine is a medication that numbs tissue in a particular area. It is used in dentistry for many procedures because it acts quickly and is long-lasting.
We frequently combine lidocaine with other ingredients like phenylephrine to increase its effectiveness. A vasoconstrictor like phenylephrine increases the effectiveness of the anesthesia and how long it lasts. The doctors that Woodland Hills Compounding Pharmacy works with request different strengths of each ingredient based on how they perform procedures and what their individual patients require.
Lidocaine has been around since the 1940s and replaced other anesthestics used in dentistry like Novocaine, which had some negative side effects. Very few people are allergic to lidocaine and it is used as a local anesthetic in dentistry for many minor surgical procedures.