The dentist gave me a shot of novacain. My dentist checked it and it was working. It really was. But, for some reaon, when my dentist started his work, I could feel the pain as what he was doing. My dentist got frustrated with me and thought I was overreacting. Aside from being painful, it was humiliating to accused of being a drama queen. In front of the staff too. Do you know what happened? I’m really not a drama queen. I assure you.
DeAnna L. – Alabama
What you’re experiencing is quite common and it frustrates me that your dentist tried to make you feel bad about something you have little control over.
I suspect you have some form of dental anxiety. When you are anxious, your metabolism increases. The increased metabolism causes the novacain to burn off more quickly. That is why you were feeling pain. There just wasn’t enough anesthetic in your system.
With enough dental anxiety to burn off your local anesthetic, then I woul suggest you try a deeper level of sedation dentistry–one that won’t burn off as a result of your fears.
I’d look into oral conscious sedation. This sedation is so strong, that you will need someone to drive you to and from the appointment.
You’ll find this will solve your dental issues. (Except for the problem of finding a more sensitive dentist.
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