I think something is wrong with my body. I had to get a tooth extracted. Not a good experience under the best of circumstances. But, when it takes about ten shots to get you numb it’s a nightmare. In fact, we had to keep re-doing the shots, even after I got numb so it was closer to 16. What’s going on?
I think I know exactly what is going on. Believe it or not, you’re not the only one to experience this effect. The culprit is likely dental anxiety. Believe it or not, your metabolism jumps up when you’re afraid. This has the unfortunate effect of burning off the numbing medication before you’re done needing it.
I’ve got good news for you though! There is a good solution. Going to a dentist familiar with dental anxiety can make all the difference in the world. They can give you just the right medication to relax you and give you the edge you need to allow the numbing medication to actually work.
Finding a Dentist Who Works with Anxious Patients
These dentists will advertise using certain key terms you can search on the internet.
- Cater to Cowards
- Sedation Dentist
- Gentle Dentist
There are several levels of medication. Any sedation dentist worth their salt will have a consultation with you to determine which medicine will best suit your situation.
I suspect, with the number of shots you needed that oral conscious sedation would be your best option. It will completely relax you. In fact, you’re likely to just sleep through the appointment. The only downside is you’ll need someone to drive you to and from your appointment. You’ll be a bit on the woozy side.
Benefits of Dental Sedation
Aside from the obvious benefit of giving you a relaxing, pain-free appointment, there is the added benefit to the amount of work you can get done in one appointment. People who’ve avoided the dentist for years because of anxiety find they can get their mouth back in shape much more quickly thanks to sedation.
I’m sorry you had such a rough ride this last go round. I think this addition to your treatment will make all the difference in the world.
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