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What do dentists use to numb your mouth?

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Dentists use two types of numbing medications, including a topical numbing agent, which is applied to the area, and an injectable anesthetic that provides longer-lasting results, states Wikipedia. Sometimes the two are used together, with the first medication numbing the injection site prior to the shot.

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The injection is performed to block sensation to particular nerves that are affected by dental work, most commonly the inferior alveolar nerve, according to DentalCare.com, produced by the Procter & Gamble Co. The most common injectable numbing agent is lidocaine.

One of the most common topical numbing agents is benzocaine, according to Wikipedia. Benzocaine also is found in some over-the-counter cough drops and in ointments for mouth ulcers.

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