When I have dental work, it’s a challenge because drugs like Novocain don’t work for me. I’m not allergic to the drugs but because I’ve experienced past dental pain, I hate getting any dental work done. It bothers me so much that I should be unconscious because when the drugs like Novocain are used, they do little to help me with pain. What do you think?
– Brian from Texas
Your situation isn’t that unusual. There are patients that are so stressed and anxious over having procedures that Novocain doesn’t eliminate pain. In fact, sometimes they need nitrous oxide gas to calm down so Novocain will work. Some patients even have to be deeply sedated in order to become numb.
Not many dentists understand this phenomenon and it’s not talked about a lot. In the human body, there’s something in your body chemistry that interferes with pain medication if you’re stressed or anxious enough. Sometimes the chemical reaction prevents Novocain from doing its job or the drug wears off too quickly.
When people suffer past traumatic dental experiences, this situation can be an issue.
If you’re concerned about having future dental procedures done, your solution would be to research a dentist who practices sleep dentistry or a sedation dentist. If you decide to have conscious sedation rather than general anesthesia, it’s safer, less expensive and more convenient. And, most people don’t even remember their appointment. If this method isn’t effective enough for you, you’ll need general anesthesia before your procedure.
For more information about Dr. Whitmore, visit the Plano Dental website.
There is also more information about emergency dentistry.