I was wondering what do you call the medicines that are used to:
- make you sleep through the surgical operation.
- make you numb (without making you sleep,) during an operation.
I know "anesthetic medicines" for #1 and "numbness medicines" for #2. But the problem is that many dictionaries have mentioned that "anesthetize" means:
To give someone an anaesthetic so they do not 'feel pain' during a medical operation."
There is something missing here for me, but I'm not quite confident what that is! I have an intuition that "anesthetic medicines" actually, make you sleep and in this way prevent pain during a more serious process like a critical operation; in more routine operations like: "dentistry operations" where one does not need to get unconscious and just needs to get numb, dentists use "numbness medications".
I was wondering if you could let me know whether I have been right or wrong.