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Cant get numb!

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3,788 words with 6 Comments; publish: Thu, 13 Dec 2007 09:30:00 GMT; (90047.12, « »)

I'm having a crown replaced as the old one (12 years) has a pinhole in it. The dentist i now go to put 3 shots of novacaine into my lower jaw, yet nothing but my tongue got numb. When i told her that the original dentist putting on the crown had that same problem, and ended up putting the novacaine into a different area, she protested vigorously, stating that the back lower jaw was the "only place" to put the injection. She concluded that i was just too nervous and now i have to go back next week for a second attempt at the same game. Has anyone else experienced this? Isn't it possible that my mouth is arranged a little differently and may require injections at an uncommon site? What can i share with this dentist to get this right?



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    • It's very possible that your nerve paths are different. I have the same problem. But, my experienced dentist knew to lay down a pattern of injections accross the back of my cheek until she found the right spot. Then, she noted it in my file for future reference.

      When a dentist cops a case closed attitude, it's time to get a new dentist.

      #1; Fri, 14 Dec 2007 16:20:00 GMT
    • I have patients from time to time who are difficult to numb. Usually they will have the signs of profound anesthesia (numb lip and tongue) but the tooth in question will still be sensitive. Occasionally a nerve will branch off in a few people that usually dosen't in most. Or the tooth in question may be inflamed so badly do to infection, decay, trauma, etc. that it is difficult to numb.
      #2; Fri, 14 Dec 2007 16:21:00 GMT
    • Thank you both VERY MUCH for your sensitive replies! I plan to go there tomorrow (the day before my actual appointment) and speak with the dentist with this new information. Hopefully i will be diplomatic enough to pique her interest and concern so that we can go from there - successfully. If not, or if she maintains the attitude that it's all in my head (mind, that is!) then i'll have to look for a new doc. As far as i know, there is very little added decay and no infection, so i'm going with the varying pathways notion. And geeze, what's up with not being able to repair the gold crown i have? Is that NEVER done?

      Thanks again!


      #3; Fri, 14 Dec 2007 16:22:00 GMT
    • I have the same problem of teeth not freezing but tongue or jaw freezing. That never used to happen to me. Interestingly it seems to have started near the time I was diagnosed with low thyroid. Have you ever had you thyroid tested?


      #4; Fri, 14 Dec 2007 16:23:00 GMT
    • I had this same problem for a root-canal!!! The dentist shot me so many times, he said he was getting concerned that I would get sick if I had too much Novacaine. It was my first experience with shots. He was my new dentist and I had always had NO2 in the past. Finally, after several attempts of him drilling and me flinching in pain, he said 'brace yourself' and drove the needle directly into the absessed molar. It was the worst pain I've EVER felt in my life!!! It hurt so bad I nearly throw up. I wanted to kill him! But within 5 seconds, it felt like my whole face fell off. He began drilling and there was no feeling whatsoever. From there it was smooth sailing.
      #5; Fri, 14 Dec 2007 16:24:00 GMT
    • I read years ago that consuming too much vitamin C will make it more difficult to get numb. One time I was seeing the dentist, having some treatment done, and he had a heck of a time. I kept asking him for more novacaine, motioning to him with my hand, more, more, more.

      Then I remembered the night before, I must of have had about 7 or 8 pieces of fruit, mixed up in my food processor as a juice. I always wondered if it were true, that if one consumed too much vitamin C just before seeing the dentist, would that give someone more trouble with this than usual?

      Does anyone have any knowledge or experience with this?

      #6; Fri, 14 Dec 2007 16:25:00 GMT