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Novocaine - February 3rd 2018, 10:36 PM

I have to get two cavities filled AND I AM TERRIFIED OF THE NUMBING SHOT.
How bad does it hurt? I'm getting numbing jelly before and nitrous oxide (laughing gas). Will it hurt that bad???? I'm really scared.

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Re: Novocaine - February 3rd 2018, 10:54 PM

First of all, welcome to the site Autumn! Secondly, the shots do not hurt too terribly with the numbing gel. You will most likely feel pressure when the dentist inserts the needle but you shouldn't feel pain. If you do feel pain with the first shot, which a little is likely, let the dentist know and he will likely either put more gel on or wait a little while longer for the gel to work itself in. This was my experience though, and everyone experiences things differently and has a different pain tolerance level. At least you're getting nitrous oxide! When I had to get my wisdom teeth cut out, they didn't give me anything but Novocain.

I've never had experience with the laughing gas but I hear that you don't know a thing that's going on when they give it to you.

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Re: Novocaine - February 3rd 2018, 10:54 PM

Hi Autumn! Welcome to TeenHelp!
For different people, it can really be a different sensation getting the numbing shot. For some it can be really scary while others it's no big deal. Something I would keep in mind is to not focus on the fear, relax as much as you can, and focus on your breathing. When I go to the dentist and get cavities filled, that's something I do. I hate getting the shot myself because of how frightening the needle itself looks, but what I keep in mind is the above: relax, it's temporary, focus on breathing etc. It's ok if you close your eyes or even verbalize your fear to your dentist, they have heard everything before!
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Re: Novocaine - February 4th 2018, 12:52 AM

Hi Autumn! (welcome! c: )

I had to do the exact same thing when I went to the dentist, the numbing gel and the shot. Usually, I'm terrified of needles (terrifieddd!), so I was pretty worried when the dentist first went to do it. The numbing gel definitely feels weird, but it made the shot quick and painless for me. All I felt was a slight pressure as it went in and out. I would just try to distract yourself while you are there, and remember you are in safe and capable hands! <3 Hope everything goes well! Be brave!
   
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Re: Novocaine - February 4th 2018, 12:53 AM

Hey there,

I agree that it can be different for each person. I know that I have a rather high pain tolerance and it's usually only the first shot that is slightly uncomfortable. However, I notice that my doctor tends to wait a while after the first shot to do anymore. I am not certain if he does this to allow my mouth to numb so that the second shot won't hurt or if there is another reason.

I do know that the shot tends to be over with quite soon though. I tend to get nervous about that as well but it never lasts too long and then my mouth is numb.

Feeling nervous is not uncommon. If you want you could probably talk to your dentist about it. This will allow him to help reassure you about the process, maybe even explain what will occur and it will give him the knowledge that you are nervous about it and could allow him to check in on you throughout the process.

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Re: Novocaine - February 4th 2018, 02:09 AM

Welcome Autumn!

I've had the Novocaine shots three times now with three different wisdom tooth surgeries. I had a similar procedure as you described, with the numbing gel, then the shot, then the laughing gas. I felt pressure, mainly with the first because I could kind of feel it going in, but it wasn't a bad pain, and then you're numb. So any pain you feel will probably last a few seconds, if that, and then be gone. Then the laughing gas, I noticed myself feeling a little tingly but it kept me more relaxed, so a combination of being numb and relaxed and I was good to go!

I agree with what was said about telling the dentist that you're nervous because they can reassure you during it. I know that during my procedures there was the dentist as well as a hygienist in there. I've never had a cavity filled, just the wisdoms, so I don't know if that's the same process, but they both told me how good I was doing a lot and would sometimes ask if I was okay, which I'd give a thumbs up to.

You might be a bit numb after the actual procedure and if so it'll definitely go away, it'll just be weird to drink things for a little while.

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Re: Novocaine - February 4th 2018, 03:30 AM

I have no pain tolerance and hate needles and it's not that bad. They'll put numbing stuff on first, so if you feel it at all, it will be a tiny pinch. And if you tell them you're nervous, they'll make sure it's extra numb.


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