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How does lidocaine work as an anesthetic during procedures?

Lidocaine numbs the skin or tissue before medical procedures so that you do not feel pain. Either in topical or injection form, the doctor will apply lidocaine to the area that will be affected. Unlike other anesthetics used during procedures, lidocaine does not cause unconsciousness. If used in the mouth, you will be advised not to chew while your mouth remains numb for a short while after the procedure.

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