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What are common dental anesthetics?

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Dr. Winston Muditajaya
Dentistry 24 years experience
Several choices: We have quite a few in our arsenal. Just to name a few....Lidocaine, prilocaine, marcaine, articaine, and several more. They all have slightly different properties in duration and their ability to get you numb. Some also have Epinephrine while others don't.
Dr. Zhiqiang Huang
Dentistry 13 years experience
Local anesthetics: We have topical anesthetics ( numbing gel), local anesthetics ( novacaine) and orally take pain pills. The most common dental anesthetic used in dental offices are a varity of local anesthetics such as lidocaine, pilocanine or septocaine, etc.
Dr. Kim Capehart
Dentistry 20 years experience
Many options: Anesthetics are used in medicine and dentistry and not exclusive to just dentistry. The choices are many with many using Lidocaine but other anesthetics are used as well.
Dr. Brian Hoffman
Dentistry 14 years experience
Amides: Most dental anesthetics used today are local amide anesthetics. Really, no one uses the old ester local anesthetic 'Novacaine' any longer, but many people still refer to all local dental anesthetics as 'Novacaine'. Amides have much less allergic response on the population, so they are much safer and still do a superb job of providing profound anesthesia.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Lidocaine 2%: is the most common local anesthetic that dentists use. Lidocaine is a practical, safe and efficient.

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