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Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol. 1993 Mar;75(3):283-5.

Analysis of the analgesic efficacy and cost-effective use of long-acting local anesthetics in outpatient third molar surgery.

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  • 1Loma Linda University, Calif.


Bupivacaine hydrochloride, an amide-type of long-acting local anesthetic was compared with lidocaine hydrochloride to determine its analgesic efficacy and its cost-effective use in an oral and maxillofacial surgery private practice. The results show that 0.5% bupivacaine hydrochloride provides greater analgesia than 2% lidocaine, with an insignificant cost increase to the operating surgeon.

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