WHAT IS NOVOCAINE?
Largely unknown to the public, Novocaine is an obsolete anesthetic and is no longer in use due to its adverse effects, such as anaphylaxis and rash/hives. The more common local anesthetics used in dentistry include Lidocaine, Septocaine, Marcaine, Prilocaine, and Mepivacaine. Local anesthetics work by blocking the nerves that supply sensation to the teeth and soft tissues in a specific area. The sensation of ‘pressure’ is not possible to eliminate with local anesthesia, but you should feel no pain during the procedure. You are totally alert, aware, and able to function normally. The effect wears off fairly quickly; however, it is common for patients to experience mild, yet transient heart rate increase during the administration of most local anesthetics.