Complications of local anaesthesia. An observational study

H.S. Brand, W. Bekker, J.A. Baart

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Objectives: Local anaesthesia is increasingly used by dental hygienists. As little is known about the incidence of adverse effects during and after the administration of local anaesthetics, we evaluated side-effects associated with local anaesthesia.

Methods: A prospective observational study was conducted using standard criteria among a group of 103 patients receiving mandibular block anaesthesia.

Results: Physical reactions like clenching fists (14.5%), moaning (12.6%) and turning pale (7.8%) were frequently observed. Patients (3.8%) showed a painful reaction because of needle contact with a nerve or the periosteum. Systemic complications were not observed. After the injection, 41.7% said they felt tense during the administration; 4.9% of the patients reported swallowing problems and 3.9% a tachycardia.

Conclusions: These results suggest that administration of local anaesthesia has a small risk of adverse events. Complications, if they occur, seem minor and transient in nature.

Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)270-272
JournalInternational journal of dental hygiene
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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