Are you scared of getting the numbing shot at the Dentist??

United States
September 18, 2008 9:52am CST
I have always been scared to go to the dentist due to they always would find a cavity and I would have to go through that Numbing needle. Back in the day when I was younger they called it the "Bee Sting". I have found a new dentist and they advertise their numbing procedure as painless. And it truly is. They have this little wand he stick in your mouth, you feel a slight pinch and that's it. Now I don't mind it when they find cavities because I know its not going to hurt. How have your experiences been with getting numb at the dentist.
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@koalatbs (2230)
• United States
18 Sep 08
Hi SweetNkky - A lot of people are afraid of going to the dentist in general... and many are afraid of the numbing shots. Those needles are BIG! Actually, my husband is a dentist. I'll have to ask him about what that little wand you are talking about is called... the one that you said doesn't hurt. I'm sure he will know what the "actual" name of that tool/instrument is. It is funny... as I said, my husband is a dentist, but he is actually afraid of getting a shot himself. He is funny. I asked him, "How can you GIVE shots to other people without any problem, yet be scared of GETTING a shot yourself?!" LoL!
• United States
18 Sep 08
Koalatbs That is funny! Another thing that makes it worse for me when I was younger was seeing the needle going into my mouth.. Its one of those things you can't help but look. My dentist did say the name of it, but for the life of my I can't remember. It is a wand with a petal thingy on the floor. he has to do it twice for a couple seconds. Works wonders and without the big needle and pain and numbs just as good. Thanks bunches for the response!
@koalatbs (2230)
• United States
19 Sep 08
Good morning SweetNkky - I can't believe I forgot to ask my husband about that last night or this morning before he left for work! I'm not going to be back online all weekend so I will try to remember to ask him in the meantime and get back to you on Monday or Tuesday. I try not to look at the needle when a dentist is giving me a shot in my mouth. I find it embarrassing after you get one of those numbing shots in your mouth and after you leave the dentist office your mouth is still numb. I remember drooling a little sometimes and it felt like you can't talk right. I do usually look when I am getting blood drawn or another type of shot. One of the worst kinds I have had was a numbing shot in my big toe when I had my ingrown toenails taken care of at the podiatrist. Oh my goodness! That hurt like you know what!! He had to do about 4 shots all together and one was right smack dap between my big toe and the next toe over. Ouch!
@Bobbysox (224)
23 Sep 08
Seeing this post again reminds me of when I was having one of my front teeth veneered,and the dentist had to numb the area,well as it was in the front the injection had to aim for somewhere in the region of my nostril,and that was not pleasant,the effects of the injection made my nose numb,a weird feeling,and once the work was done,although it was painless,the numb sensation stayed there for a good while.
• United States
25 Sep 08
I hate it when your whole face feels numb. I usually have a sore cheeck from where I bite it a lot.Thanks for the post! Happy Myloting.
@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
19 Sep 08
I hate the dentist. I have found nothing at the dentist that is pain free. I have Trigeminal Neuralgia and sometimes the anesthesia does not even stop pain. I have passed out cold while getting cleanings and fillings. This year I have had 3 root canals. Number 4 is scheduled for February. Yesterday I went....I hate it when you feel an itch afterward but can't feel the scratch.
• United States
25 Sep 08
I need to have a root canal done, but instead I had the tooth pulled. (They put me to sleep for it). I try to avoid the dentist as much as possible.
@Bobbysox (224)
18 Sep 08
We all have to go to the dentist but lol there arent many of us who would say that we like going,and like you when the dentist starts poking and proding about and he maybe hits a cavity with his tools then it makes you jump a mile high,I am bad as I will try to put the visit off for as long as I can,when it would be better to keep going on a regular basis
• United States
18 Sep 08
Just did that for my cleaning..lol.. They put me on the list for a bump up appointment incase someone cancled and everytime they called I would tell them I couldn't make it. And when I finally went, there it was a cavity. It was a small one but still a cavity. Thanks for the response.
@MOMMASAM (1004)
• United States
18 Sep 08
well, it depends on what and how much my dentist is doing. i have him precoat the area with numbing gel first. then i don't feel the needle. i hate it when it's so close to a nerve that my lips are numb. i feel like MORE than angelina jolie ! of course, they ususally tell you to not eat for a while. i'd have it all down the front of me.
• United States
18 Sep 08
For me when they used the big needles, the precoat didn't work. I would still feel it. when they seen me coming back to the chair they would always hand me kleenex because they knew I would cry..