Isn’t it wonderful to live in an age where modern medicine can manage our levels of discomfort? Nowadays, when you visit a healthcare professional you can trust that they will keep you as comfortable as humanly possible. This includes your dentist.
In the past, a visit to the dentist filled people with consternation. This was mainly due to the fact that there were few options to dull the discomfort from a dental procedure. An operation to extract a tooth or fill a cavity was something most people tried to avoid for as long as possible. Of course, this made things more difficult and bothersome when the time came.
In the mid-1800s all that changed with the development of dental anesthesia. Various gases like nitrous oxide were found to numb a patient’s nerves and receptors prior to a dental procedure. Mercifully, the invention of injectables and technology to deliver a “local” anesthetic meant relief-giving medicine could be injected directly into the area of operation. Common medicinal injectables in use today are the following:
Lidocaine: Considered the dentist’s “gold standard” of local anesthetics, few people have ever complained of adverse reactions. It is the most widely-used injectable today.
Novocaine: Also known as Procaine, Novocaine is the oldest known of the local anesthetics still in use today (although cocaine was first used as a local anesthetic). It was first discovered in 1904.
Articaine: Allergic reactions to Novocaine, forced chemists to produce Articaine as a reliable replacement. It’s a long-lasting, dependable drug that has a lengthy history of helpfulness.
If you’d like more information on dental anesthesia, feel free to call Dr. Jason Brown and our team at North Pointe Dental Care. You can make an appointment at: 630-245-0200, or come by our office in Naperville, Illinois.