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Before dental anesthetics were first developed back in the mid-1800s, going to the dentist for a toothache was considered an intimidating proposition. People put off getting their cavities fixed for as long as they could withstand the discomfort. There was little to offer for relief from dental procedures until nitrous oxide (laughing gas) was developed and used in the mid-1800s.

Modern advancements in medicine and technology have changed all that. Now, there is no need to fear going for a dental visit. The development of the hollow needle and syringe in 1853 made direct application of medicine to the affected area a reality. Since then, local anesthetics have continued to evolve and provide control to dentist and relief to patients. Three of the most popular local anesthetics used by dentists today are:

Novocaine: First discovered in 1904, Novocaine (aka Procaine) is the oldest known local anesthetic still in use today.

Articaine: Used for patients that have allergic reactions to Novocaine, this local anesthetic is a long-lasting and dependable alternative.

Lidocaine: The dentist’s “gold standard” in local anesthetic. It is the most widely-used injectable because it has very few adverse reactions compared to Articaine and Novocaine.

If you’d like more information on dental anesthesia, feel free to call Dr. Donald Brown III and our team at Knollwood Dental Group. You can make an appointment at: 251-666-3982, or come by our office in Mobile, Alabama.