Do dentists still use Novocaine?
Despite most people referring to local anesthesia as Novocaine, dentists have not used Novocaine for about 30 years due to the fairly high rate of allergic reactions. These days the drug that is most commonly use is lidocaine.
Reason For Asking:
I go to a dentist who doesn’t bother using any local anesthetic (unless it’s a bigger operation or you’re a pussy). Strangely enough, I generally don’t feel that much, if any, more pain when not using a numbing agent.Source: Dental Mythbusters: Dentists Still Use Novocaine
Source: What has replaced Novocaine in a dentist's office?