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Comparative Efficacy of 20% Benzocaine Versus TAC Alternate Gel

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified February 2009 by The University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
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First received: February 18, 2009
Last updated: NA
Last verified: February 2009
History: No changes posted
The project is a study comparing the effectiveness of two topical anesthetics for control of pain associated with dental needle insertion in the palatal mucosa. A standard dental topical anesthetic (20% benzocaine) will serve as an "active" control and will be compared to a combination topical anesthetic, consisting of 20% lidocaine, 4% tetracaine and 2% phenylephrine (TAC Alternate Gel, Compounding Arts Pharmacy, Lafayette, LA).

Condition Intervention Phase
Dental Pain
Postoperative Pain
Drug: benzocaine
Drug: TAC alternate gel
Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Participant, Care Provider)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Comparative Efficacy of 20% Benzocaine Versus TAC Alternate Gel for Control of Pain of Dental Needle Insertion in the Palate

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Further study details as provided by The University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • visual analogue scale score [ Time Frame: pre-op, insertion, every minute post-op for 10 minutes ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • blood pressure [ Time Frame: three times pre-op, insertion, ten times post-op ]
  • oxygen saturation [ Time Frame: three times pre-op, insertion, ten times post-op ]
  • heart rate [ Time Frame: three times pre-op, insertion, ten times post-op ]

Estimated Enrollment: 20
Study Start Date: January 2009
Estimated Study Completion Date: May 2009
Estimated Primary Completion Date: March 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Benzocaine
serves as "active" control
Drug: benzocaine
20% benzocaine., topical placement onto site, minimal amount, for 1 minute
Other Name: Hurricaine
Experimental: TAC
serves as comparator
Drug: TAC alternate gel
use 1 pump, place topically onto site, leave for 1-3 minutes
Other Name: 20% TAC alternate gel


Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Volunteers 18 years or older
  2. Ability to consent to participate in the research
  3. Ability to communicate a VAS score
  4. Generally healthy, ASA I and ASA II
  5. No known drug allergies
  6. Ability to tolerate pulse oximeter and blood pressure cuff without psychological, or physiological consequence

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Allergy or other contraindications to the topical anesthetics
  2. Inability to consent to participation in the study
  3. Use of analgesics prior to the procedure
  4. Vulnerable populations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00846690

Contact: Femme L Ambrosio, DDS 858 603-6345
Contact: Arthur H Jeske, DDS, PhD 713 500 4506

United States, Texas
UT Pediatric Dentistry Clinic Houston Medical Center Recruiting
6655 Travis Suite 460, Texas, United States, 77030
Contact: Femme L Ambrosio, DDS    858-603-6345   
Contact: Arthur H Jeske, DDS PhD    7135004506   
Sub-Investigator: Robert Tate, DDS MS         
Sponsors and Collaborators
The University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston
Principal Investigator: Femme L Ambrosio, DDS UT Health Science Center Houston
Study Chair: Arthur H Jeske, DDS, PhD UT Health Science Center Houston
  More Information

Responsible Party: Femme Ambrosio, University of Texas Health Science Center Houston Identifier: NCT00846690     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: HSC-DB-08-0484
Study First Received: February 18, 2009
Last Updated: February 18, 2009

Keywords provided by The University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston:
topical anesthetics
topical anesthesia
20% benzocaine
TAC alternate gel
combination topical anesthetics
dental anesthesia

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Pain, Postoperative
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Postoperative Complications
Pathologic Processes
Signs and Symptoms
Tooth Diseases
Stomatognathic Diseases
Facial Pain
Central Nervous System Depressants
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Anesthetics, Local
Sensory System Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Anti-Arrhythmia Agents
Voltage-Gated Sodium Channel Blockers
Sodium Channel Blockers
Membrane Transport Modulators
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Cardiotonic Agents
Autonomic Agents
Sympathomimetics processed this record on May 25, 2017