Dental Nasal Spray
Q: Has dental technology come up with a way to get numb without shots?
A: Forget the iPhone, the Tesla, breast implants and, my favorite, the Black and White Cookie: Get ready for Kovanaze, aka a mouth-numbing nasal spray.
Mouth-Numbing Nasal Spray
An experimental nasal spray can provide full anesthesia to upper teeth equivalent to lidocaine shots. The drug is being developed by St. Renatus of Fort Collins Colorado, which calls it Kovacaine Mist and Kovanaze.
A study was recently published at S.U.N.Y Buffalo (I’m a graduate of S.U.N.Y. Albany….fun fact.) They showed the medication to be “a valuable alternative to needle injected local anesthetic for patients undergoing invasive maxillary (upper jaw) dental procedures.”
Still waiting FDA approval, I find this mouth-numbing nasal spray (Kovacaine Mist and Kovanaze) to be a real breakthrough. The literature shows that “pulpal” anesthesia is obtained. This means that the nerve that runs through the center of your roots (the root canals) will be completely numb for procedures such as root canals, crowns and fillings. Already these medicaments have been known to numb the gum and bone to allow for extractions and implants.
Dr. Mitchell Josephs practices Implant, Cosmetic and General Dentistry, is on staff at JFK Medical Center/West Palm Hospital and is a Faculty Advisory Board member at McGill University’s Faculty of Dentistry. He completed his residency at Manhattan’s Beth Israel Medical Center and Mt. Sinai Hospital.