There are three basic types of dental anesthesia commonly used:
- Conscious sedation
- General anesthesia
Local anesthetic: Commonly known as novocaine, has largely been replaced by lidocaine (also called xylocaine or lignocaine). It’s the only type of anesthesia which, used by itself, numbs an area well enough to completely eliminate pain. It is often combined with conscious sedation to further reduce your awareness and anxiety during the procedure.