US Market Report for Dental Anesthetics 2017 - MedCore
General Report Contents
Market Analyses include: Unit Sales, ASPs, Market Value & Growth Trends
Market Drivers & Limiters for each chapter segment
Competitive Analysis for each chapter segment
Section on recent mergers & acquisitions
This market includes topical and the local injection segments. Unlike other segmentations covered in this report, these two segments were not substitutes, but rather they were used in conjunction with one another. Growth in this market will be driven by increases in the sales of more expensive anesthetic components such as articaine and mepivacaine. Additional growth may stem from product innovation in the topical space, as delivery methods are improved with needleless syringes and spray anesthetics. The future of the dental anesthetic market will be determined by the performance of new products such as needle-free anesthetics. As the needle triggers anxiety and discomfort for many patients, companies accelerated research on needle-free ways of delivering desensitizers. Such methods include very fine jets of medication, nasal mists and liquids that set as gel and are absorbed by the tissue. Needle-free anesthetics are growing in popularity; however, they are still not recommended for the lower jaw due to the density of that bone and the high length of procedures involving it. In so far as alternative methods will not cover the whole range of dental procedures requiring anesthetics, the local injection method will continue to dominate the anesthetic market.
Dental local anesthesia has a long history going back to the late 19th century. The first anesthetic used in American dentistry being nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas. Even before that, cocaine was a drug used commonly to alleviate toothache in European countries such as Germany. The purpose of these measures was to prevent patients from feeling pain locally, for procedures such as tooth extraction. Today, similar, but safer, drugs are used to stop nerve endings from sensing pain, allowing the dentist to conduct painful procedures such as crown placements, root canals or gum disease treatment. Without local anesthesia, the contemporary focus on restorative work in dentistry could not have been possible.