Odontoline, local anesthetic, 1905

Odontoline, local anesthetic, 1905

donated in 2017 by M. Roeder

Odontoline is a local anesthetic used in the early 20th century by dentists. Advertisements can be seen in the American Dental Journal and The Practice Dental Journal.


1. Cocaine, 1%

2. Adrenaline Chloride

3. Supradrenalin
It is a blown in mold (BIM) bottle, apparent by the lip, with an applied lip. Frosted gladd provides for an air-tight seal, which allowed for the preservation of a sterilized solution, which was then boiled and sent to dentist to use in-office. It sold for $2 for 5 ounces, 50 cents per ounce, sample ounce 25 cents.
It claims to work within minutes, considered overall safe with minimal after effects. To use, clean the gums with Listerine, the force solution into peridental membrane using a sterilized metal syringe, wait 2-4 minutes, then excavate, grind and remove. “There are no bad effects of any kind.”

In 1912, an advertisement was published in the Journal of the National Dental Association, stating that there are now two formulations, one with cocaine, and the other with novocain (procain), stating “which base, as you probably know, does not require a narcotic form”

•Antiseptic Anesthetics 

The only local anesthetic that you 
can use in quantity without dan- 
ger to your patient. 
Odontolene is boilea and sealed in 
air tight packages. No danger 
from infection, no sloughing, 
no bad after effects. 
Odontolene is guaranteed. If the 
results arc not perfectly satis- 
factory your money will be 

No. 1. That Odontoline is the only local anesthetic, in the strict sense of the word, because it is localized when it is injected into the soft tissue, and is confined in a small area; no part of it is taken up by the blood and carried into the general circulation. 

No. 2. That Odontoline is absolutely safe in all cases, because it is confined in a small area, because it does not reach the circulation and heart, and because it comes away with the hemorrhage after extraction.

No. 3. That Odontoline can be injected at the neck of the tooth into the peridental membrane; after waiting two minutes the most sensitive cavity can be excavated and prepared for filling without pain. This, in no way, endangers the life of the pulp or will it cause any unpleasant after-effects.

No. 4. That Odontoline can be injected at the neck of the tooth; after waiting two minutes the same tooth (say first molar) can be ground down and prepared for shell crown without pain; paint the finished stump with nitrate of silver and the live pulp will not suffer.

No. 5. That Odontoline can be injected and relieve the most obstimate case of toothache immediately. We refer to badly conjested pulp that will not yield to ordinary treatment. 

No. 6. That with Odontoline any and every tooth can be extracted absolutely without pain. Because the 1 per cent of cocaine is confined in a very small area; none is lost in the surrounding tissue; consequently you get the full effect. In other words, the maximum amount of anesthesia with a minimum amount of cocaine.

No. 7. That Odontoline should be injected into the peridental membrane for all operations on the tooth; this insures rapid anesthesia, much less pain to the patient and quicker healing of the parts after the extraction. Do not overlook this point; it is of vital importance.

No. 8. That Odontoline should be injected with a heavy all metal syringe, using a sharp reinforced needle. We suggest an all metal syringe because it can be thoroughly cleaned and kept clean. See that your needle is sharp; after using it, boil in water, dry and put in a bottle of absolute alcohol.

No. 9. That Odontoline will reach you aseptic, the solution is carefully sterilized, then sealed air tight in glass-stoppered bottles, which have been boiled in filtered water. The greatest care is exercised in producing an aseptic solution.

No. 10. That Odontoline costs more to manufacture than any anesthetic ever placed on the market. It contains Adrenalin Chloride and Suprarenalin, both expensive drugs. 

No. 11. That Odontoline is non-secret; we furnish the formulae; in fact, we want every user of Odontoline to be familiar with it. This always inspires confidence in Odontoline and places the operator in a position to use it intelligently.

No. 12. That Odontoline sells for  One ounce 5O cents, Five ounces $2.00


American Dental Journal, 1905, https://archive.org/stream/0641298.0004.012.umich.edu/0641298.0004.012.umich.edu_djvu.txt

“Facts Worth Knowing”, The Practice Dental Journal, Volume 12, 1912,