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  • For ~25 years I thought dental anaesthetics had no effect on me.

    As a kid, back around 1991 I had to have a filling in one tooth.  The anaesthetic numbed my mouth and I was talking funny. . .but I felt EVERYTHING when the dentist drilled me.  He wouldn't believe that I could feel everything and was shouting at me to stop screaming.  It was very, VERY unpleasant and rather mentally scarring to be forcibly held down by the hygenist while the dentist drills, feeling everything the whole way.

    It left me with a life-long fear of dentists and dental work.

    I finally went to a dentist last month.  The only other dental work I'd had in my whole life was having my wisdom teeth cut out (because the Army required it), and they knocked me out for that one.  I looked up a dentist that would do sedation dentistry, since I thought I was apparently immune to novocaine and would need to be knocked out to do anything to me.

    They did a little test.  Nope, not immune.  They were able to do all the dental work I really, really needed with just a local, and I feel a helluva lot better afterwards.  It turns out that small-town dentist was just really incompetent and didn't numb the right part of my mouth, and refused to try again or believe me when I was basically telling him he missed with the first injection.
  • Is it safe?
  • A man goes to the doctor for a prostate exam, but is worried that it will hurt. The doctor says "want me to numb it up for you?" and the man says "yes, please."

    Then the doctor sticks his face in the man's butt and goes "num num num"
  • HailRobonia: A man goes to the doctor for a prostate exam, but is worried that it will hurt. The doctor says "want me to numb it up for you?" and the man says "yes, please."

    Then the doctor sticks his face in the man's butt and goes "num num num"


    Thread's over.
  • You know what's fun?  Discovering you're immune to local at the beginning of a vasectomy.

    /Uh, no we're not going to continue, thank you very much.
    //Knock me the fark out.
    ///Didn't want to be awake for it anyway
    ////super glad I live where this covered by socialist health care.
  • Articaine is an amazing anesthetic. Any patient that states they have trouble getting numb gets a cartridge of Articaine. No problem.
  • OOF: Is it safe?


    Is what safe?...

    While I'm not immune to it, I have a very high tolerance for it. Drives my dentist nuts, the amount of novocaine he uses on me.
  • Genetic mutation?  I like to think of it as a "Super Power"

    The man who felt noall pain, as it were.
  • Rihlsul: You know what's fun?  Discovering you're immune to local at the beginning of a vasectomy.

    /Uh, no we're not going to continue, thank you very much.
    //Knock me the fark out.
    ///Didn't want to be awake for it anyway
    ////super glad I live where this covered by socialist health care.


    Same here. I was good up until he cut the first vas. I felt that. Completely.
  • Silverstaff: For ~25 years I thought dental anaesthetics had no effect on me.

    As a kid, back around 1991 I had to have a filling in one tooth.  The anaesthetic numbed my mouth and I was talking funny. . .but I felt EVERYTHING when the dentist drilled me.  He wouldn't believe that I could feel everything and was shouting at me to stop screaming.  It was very, VERY unpleasant and rather mentally scarring to be forcibly held down by the hygenist while the dentist drills, feeling everything the whole way.

    It left me with a life-long fear of dentists and dental work.

    I finally went to a dentist last month.  The only other dental work I'd had in my whole life was having my wisdom teeth cut out (because the Army required it), and they knocked me out for that one.  I looked up a dentist that would do sedation dentistry, since I thought I was apparently immune to novocaine and would need to be knocked out to do anything to me.

    They did a little test.  Nope, not immune.  They were able to do all the dental work I really, really needed with just a local, and I feel a helluva lot better afterwards.  It turns out that small-town dentist was just really incompetent and didn't numb the right part of my mouth, and refused to try again or believe me when I was basically telling him he missed with the first injection.


    I keep telling my dentists that it never works and that I can feel everything. They keep saying that I'm lying and to stop pretending that I can feel the pain..

    One dentist even injected me 3 times in one go, didn't work. Bastard had the cheek to charge me for the 3 injections at £50 a pop. And that was 30 years ago..
  • Old news. Redheads have this issue

    /num num
  • Silverstaff: For ~25 years I thought dental anaesthetics had no effect on me.

    As a kid, back around 1991 I had to have a filling in one tooth.  The anaesthetic numbed my mouth and I was talking funny. . .but I felt EVERYTHING when the dentist drilled me.  He wouldn't believe that I could feel everything and was shouting at me to stop screaming.  It was very, VERY unpleasant and rather mentally scarring to be forcibly held down by the hygenist while the dentist drills, feeling everything the whole way.

    It left me with a life-long fear of dentists and dental work.

    I finally went to a dentist last month.  The only other dental work I'd had in my whole life was having my wisdom teeth cut out (because the Army required it), and they knocked me out for that one.  I looked up a dentist that would do sedation dentistry, since I thought I was apparently immune to novocaine and would need to be knocked out to do anything to me.

    They did a little test.  Nope, not immune.  They were able to do all the dental work I really, really needed with just a local, and I feel a helluva lot better afterwards.  It turns out that small-town dentist was just really incompetent and didn't numb the right part of my mouth, and refused to try again or believe me when I was basically telling him he missed with the first injection.


    I had the same happen as well. Incompetent family dentist that was also a family friend. Had multiple procedures where I wasn't numb enough, explained with "well, it doesn't work for some people".

    Dumbfark also "fixed" two metal fillings by surrounding them with the resin, rather than drilling out the old filling and putting a new one in. Ended up needing root canals for those teeth. Following dentist said that he's never seen something like that.
  • The first dentist that I liked listened to me when I said I usually feel pain when I have work done. She did a cold swab that tests if you have been numbed properly by pressing a small bit of cloth soaked in a chemical that feels cold when it's pressed against a tooth. She would use that and hit me with more novocain until I couldn't feel the swab. it took her a few tries, but it was the first time I felt at ease with a dentist.
  • It's not just locals.  Imagine the joy of learning you're immune to Versed during a spinal procedure.
  • My dentist is not the least bit stingy with the gas. Getting a single filling? Gas me. I rather dislike dental work, but the gas at least makes it bearable.
  • OOF: Is it safe?


    Is it secret?
  • MythDragon: My dentist is not the least bit stingy with the gas. Getting a single filling? Gas me. I rather dislike dental work, but the gas at least makes it bearable.


    Huh. The gas is the one thing that has yet to have an effect on me. I've asked them plenty of times to "turn up the juice" but, they say that they can't do it. It doesn't even take the edge off of me. I, too had a couple of bad experiences with dental work as a kid and I have an anxiety attack every time I have to go.
  • Novocaine wears off super fast at the dentist and ive had problems with morphine being ineffective when ive gone to the ER but dilaudid seems to work great.

    really great.

    really really great.
  • dragonchild: Cold?


    For me, yes. It's like a pin point laser beam of cold right at my tooth.

    My last filling, the doctor completely numbed the main nerve to my jaw in the back of my mouth. It did the trick and we were able to pull through it without issue.
  • RJReves: [www.chud.com image 500x284]


    You're singing my tune.
  • I have been terrified of dentists my whole life.  Parents took me to a pediatric dentist.  While I'm sure he was a nice guy, I had paroxysms because they wouldn't let family members be nearby while he worked.  It wouldn't have been so bad except the dentist was so casual about it.  He made lighthearted quips and spoke in this lilting voice I can still remember today.  I'm sure he was only trying to be reassuring, but it just made me feel worse, like he thought the whole thing was a lark.  Hey, I was like eight years old.  What the Fark did I know.

    It's probably the law somewhere, because I couldn't have a family member nearby either during wisdom teeth surgery.  Except that time I was asking the surgeon questions about the surgery, and he finally said real snotty tome, What's your bottom line here?  Get to the point.

    I flipped my shiat and refused to let them touch me.  That's one benefit of being an adult.  If you decide you don't want a procedure done, they aren't going to goddamn force you.  Just farking try it.  I could use the lawsuit money.  >:/

    Still haven't had the wisdom teeth pulled, but in the spirit of adulting, I accept that I could have done something a long time ago and didn't, should my teeth go awry because of it.

    Yay adulting.
  • Silverstaff: For ~25 years I thought dental anaesthetics had no effect on me.

    As a kid, back around 1991 I had to have a filling in one tooth.  The anaesthetic numbed my mouth and I was talking funny. . .but I felt EVERYTHING when the dentist drilled me.  He wouldn't believe that I could feel everything and was shouting at me to stop screaming.  It was very, VERY unpleasant and rather mentally scarring to be forcibly held down by the hygenist while the dentist drills, feeling everything the whole way.

    It left me with a life-long fear of dentists and dental work.

    I finally went to a dentist last month.  The only other dental work I'd had in my whole life was having my wisdom teeth cut out (because the Army required it), and they knocked me out for that one.  I looked up a dentist that would do sedation dentistry, since I thought I was apparently immune to novocaine and would need to be knocked out to do anything to me.

    They did a little test.  Nope, not immune.  They were able to do all the dental work I really, really needed with just a local, and I feel a helluva lot better afterwards.  It turns out that small-town dentist was just really incompetent and didn't numb the right part of my mouth, and refused to try again or believe me when I was basically telling him he missed with the first injection.


    I think I am immune to novacaine.  My dad is as well and we both had different dentists (I have actually had a couple and I could never get numbed) so it is a genetic thing (thanks dad!).

    It has left me with crippling anxiety for dentistry.  Even a normal checkup/cleaning I will get anxious.  I went to the dentist for the first time in about 2 years on Monday and I need some cavities drilled, crowns, and a gingivitis treatment.   Due to my insurance I can only get the treatment and the cavities taken care of this year and next year will have to get the crowns.  I will only get sedation treatment now.

    I also had braces (and have a permanent bottom retainer) so that doubled the fun!  Before the braces I had a tooth coming down through the gums above another one and another hole in my gums where you could see an impacted tooth, a major overbite and crossed incisors.
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