1. Dental cartridges should not be placed in disinfectant solutions with heavy metals or surface active agents. Metal ions may be released into the local anesthetic solution which could cause tissue irritation upon injection.

2. Excessive exposure of dental cartridges to light or heat can lead to deterioration of the vasoconstrictor. Inspect the cartridge for color changes which would indicate a breakdown.

3. Vasoconstrictors should not be used in patients with uncontrolled hypertension, angina, hyperthyroidism, or diabetes. Patients should be referred to their primary health care provider for medical evaluation before an elective procedure is performed.

4. Dry lips can be lubricated prior to injection or dental teatment as necessary.

5. Monitor vital signs at every appointment because of cardiovascular and respiratory side effects. Client/Family Teaching

1. Do not eat or chew gum following dental anesthesia and use care to prevent injury while still numb.

2. The numbness will last for several hours.

3. Report any signs of infection, muscle pain, or fever when oral sensations return.

4. Report any unusual soft tissue reactions.

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