Septiclaine (ART-e) is an injectable local anaesthetic used for the treatment of pain and swollen gums. It is given either orally or sublingually. Dental septocaine (Dentophil) is a hard, crystalline compound that acts as a local anesthetic. Dentists often use dental septocaine for painful root canal treatments. Dental septocaine causes the same effect as the drug septocaine found in dextrose, and is sometimes marketed under the name ‘crystal light’.
There are two main ways in which septocaine may be used: directly by the dentist, and indirectly through the nose. Direct administration of septocaine may be achieved when the needle is inserted into the nose at the site of the headache, where it passes into the windpipe and into the stomach. The septocaine will then be absorbed into the blood stream and enter the circulatory system, where it travels to all muscles of the body. This may cause local swelling and soreness and may temporarily relieve pain. When the medication reaches the brain, it acts on the nervous system and reduces the excitability of that area.
Indirect administration of septocaine through the nose means that the drug travels down the throat and into the stomach where it travels to the duodenum where it travels further into the stomach and duodenum where it enters into the small intestine. From the stomach, it travels into the bloodstream and travels all over the body. This type of administration of septocaine results in less of a dosage, and the associated side effects, and therefore, less risk. This is usually preferable if a patient plans to undergo multiple dental procedures involving repeated doses of the drug.
If a patient is going to receive a dental procedure involving the nerve damage caused by an accident or injury, it is often recommended that a patient receive an immediate septocaine injection upon arrival to the facility. This helps to minimize nerve damage to the head, face, and/or scalp as the drug travels down the nerve path after it leaves the oral cavity. While the oral cavity is not actually being numbered, some people have described numbness as occurring. In these situations, it is very important that the patient consult with his or her dentist to discuss the best way to avoid or mitigate any potential damage that could occur from receiving an articaine injection.
Sepracinumab, the generic name for the topical numbing agent septocaine, is typically available as a single dose, which can be applied directly to the skin. An aspirator, which is like a small syringe, is used for this application. It is used to inject septocaine into the body so that the nerve damage caused by the accident or injury is not as great. An inhaler containing epinephrine, the steroid type of epinephrine, is typically combined with septocaine. Epinephrine helps provide relief to the patient by blocking the actions of both epinephrine and adrenaline, the hormones produced in the body. This provides for faster action in dealing with the pain.
If you suffer from severe muscle and joint pain due to an accident, you may want to think about getting in touch with your dentist to find out if he or she would recommend that you receive septocaine injections. The goal of these injections is to numb the nerve damage and thus decrease pain that results from muscle or joint problems. Depending on your specific case, the dentist may suggest that you get up close and personal with the affected area, so that he or she can see exactly how effectively the injection has been able to reduce or eliminate your symptoms. While these injections are generally performed on an outpatient basis, they may also be covered by some insurance policies. Just call your dentist for more information about this important solution to pain management.