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Posted: 3/26/2007 10:09:58 AM EDT
Got a check up and had 1 new cavity...at 39 years old I gues that's not bad

Anyway...I REALLY hate being numb...I get all worked up/nervous about it and thought maybe this time I will just tell the dentist not to use novacaine. The cavity is not real deep but it is past the nerve just a bit. The cavity has not given me any pain, heck..I didn't even know I had one till she took the xray.

So is it possible to do this or am I asking for terrible, excrutiating pain?
Link Posted: 3/26/2007 10:10:38 AM EDT
There's NO WAY I would do that. Good lord.
Link Posted: 3/26/2007 10:10:47 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/26/2007 10:12:08 AM EDT
"Is it safe.....?"

HH
Link Posted: 3/26/2007 10:12:48 AM EDT
FEEL THE BURN

NO PAIN, NO GAIN!
Link Posted: 3/26/2007 10:13:26 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/26/2007 10:13:28 AM EDT
not recommended
Link Posted: 3/26/2007 10:13:39 AM EDT
"What are you going to put on your resume, 'dumbass'?"

Dude.  Take it from someone who has more fillings than teeth, several extractions, and have to always have at least a couple shots, or when I'm lucky, they give me lydacane instead.

You DO NOT want to get drilled on without being numb.  go ahead and ask your dentist though.  Make sure he's not drinking anything at the time.  You might want to make sure the nurses are around too, so they can share in the gutbusting laughter.
Link Posted: 3/26/2007 10:14:01 AM EDT
just do it
i've had so much dental work that i've become somewhat immune to novacaine and it takes 3+ shots (every 10 minutes or so) to keep the numbing in place
it sucks and I hate it (makes me feel terrible)
but you gotta do it

they can numb the spot where the shot is with a topical swab and that helps reduce the pain a lot from the shot, and of course laughing gas is great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BTW, I too am 39, so I know your pain.
Link Posted: 3/26/2007 10:14:25 AM EDT
Is it the needle pain or the numbness that makes you nervous.

My last visit I had a filling replaced.
My dentist used a novacaine pump.
He slowly slides the needle in and the novacaine is pumped ahead of the needle.
Almost no pain at all.
Link Posted: 3/26/2007 10:14:43 AM EDT

You REALLY want my thoughts on the issue?


yes
Link Posted: 3/26/2007 10:14:52 AM EDT
With the new high speed drills they are done so quick there is no real need for the novacaine.  Not like when I was a kid and it took many minutes just to drill the hole.

I vote tough it out.
Link Posted: 3/26/2007 10:15:45 AM EDT

Quoted:


+1 AND I double dog dare you to do it and post the video, you'll be legendary on the intraweb overnight!
Link Posted: 3/26/2007 10:16:38 AM EDT
I've never asked for  novacaine in 25+ years of getting cavities filled. You guys can't get a filling without getting numbed up?
Link Posted: 3/26/2007 10:16:46 AM EDT

Quoted:
Got a check up and had 1 new cavity...at 39 years old I gues that's not bad

Anyway...I REALLY hate being numb...I get all worked up/nervous about it and thought maybe this time I will just tell the dentist not to use novacaine. The cavity is not real deep but it is past the nerve just a bit. The cavity has not given me any pain, heck..I didn't even know I had one till she took the xray.

So is it possible to do this or am I asking for terrible, excrutiating pain?



I can hear your story now


"..... and the last thing I remember before passing out in agony..."

Oh yea, and laughing gas is awesome. The dentist told me "ok I'm going to give you the shot now" I told em "@ this point you could pull all my teeth and I wouldn't care"
Link Posted: 3/26/2007 10:17:06 AM EDT
There's nothing smart or manly about intentionally going through unnecessary pain.

Get a shot or ten.
Link Posted: 3/26/2007 10:17:23 AM EDT
brush those chicklets once in awhile and you wont have this problem
Link Posted: 3/26/2007 10:17:45 AM EDT
I had a small cavity filled once with no novacaine. The doc said it was so small it wasn't needed. I was a bit skeptical at first, but it didn't hurt at all.
Link Posted: 3/26/2007 10:19:26 AM EDT
fuck that!
Link Posted: 3/26/2007 10:19:28 AM EDT
My old dentist wouldn't numb you if he was going to drill one of your back teeth.  I asked him once why that was since I'd heard of dentist's giving people gas for a simple drilling.  He told me that it wont make much difference in the back of your mouth.  The drilling would feel the same to you.

He did numb me when he pulled my wisdom teeth, though.
Link Posted: 3/26/2007 10:19:32 AM EDT
I hate the numb feeling too.  I've had a small cavity done without novocaine.  Wouldn't have any major drilling done without, NFW.  If its around the nerve, I'd deal with the numbness.
Link Posted: 3/26/2007 10:20:55 AM EDT

Is it the needle pain or the numbness that makes you nervous.


the numbness freaks me out really bad
Link Posted: 3/26/2007 10:21:27 AM EDT
The area will be numbed with a gel that is applied with a Q-Tip prior to the needle (novacaine) being inserted.

You will feel next to nothing.  The numbness wears off in about 3 hours.

If you have a needle phobia then close your eyes.  You won't see the needle, you won't really feel the needle, you have no problems.

You WILL feel the drilling and other work that goes into filling a cavity if novacaine is not applied.  

Pain without purpose, man.  Better to look like this: a few hours later than this:
Link Posted: 3/26/2007 10:21:29 AM EDT
I was drilled on once by ACCIDENT w/o any numbing meds and let me tell you it was one of the worst pains I have ever felt. Because of that episode I have a fear of dentists :(.

Too bad it happened a number of years ago because today I could prolly sue for millions lol
Link Posted: 3/26/2007 10:21:51 AM EDT
My grandfather had a root canal without any numbing. That being said, he was a WWII vet of the Battle of the Bulge and was one hardcore bastard.
Link Posted: 3/26/2007 10:22:02 AM EDT
I hate how it leaves your lips all hanging and flopping when you talk,

not to mention it seems almost impossible to hold a cigarette in your mouth. (I know, I know, your not supposed to smoke after many procedures, but I do. Fuck it)
Link Posted: 3/26/2007 10:23:22 AM EDT
HAd a lot of cavities as a kid.11,I think.
Had an old school Dentist,that DID NOT use novacaine.
Said it would "teach me to take better care of my teeth"

HAD to get my wisdon teeth pulled around 1980.
Another Doc gave me a few shots.
Avoided dentists for 14 years.Then had to get a root planing.
They gave me LOTS of shots.They'd wait a while and say,"Can you feel this?"
Answer was always "Yup",so I said no after a few more tries.

Sweet Jesus that hurt!

AFTER they finsihed,I went numb.

Now I'm back to a thrid world dentist,who caters to teh local Amish.
He does not use novaciane."Cost extra.You tough guys,no?"
Link Posted: 3/26/2007 10:27:31 AM EDT
Don't be a pussy, just get the shot.
Link Posted: 3/26/2007 10:28:14 AM EDT

Quoted:

Is it the needle pain or the numbness that makes you nervous.


the numbness freaks me out really bad
What do you mean by "freaked out?"  If you get a trembly, queasy feeling after the shot, they can fix that.
Link Posted: 3/26/2007 10:28:38 AM EDT
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Quoted:
AFTER they finsihed,I went numb.


God DAMN I hate that. I had two fillings a couple weeks ago, and the first damn Novocaine shot (the one the bastard always shoots into the back of your jaw somewhere with that harpoon he's got) just hurt like a bitch and didn't do me any good.

Fortunately, this time I actually had to goolies to go "Ow, God!" when that sketchy weirdo got into my mouth with the Dremel, and he stuck me with an injector thing that looked like one of those Clickster pencils that were all the rage when I was in 4th grade, right at the bottom of the tooth he was working on, and I didn't feel a thing until afterward, when my tooth hurt for a week.

I hate dentists.

~GnSx
Link Posted: 3/26/2007 10:40:16 AM EDT
I would rather rappel down 100" of barbed wire into a pool of alcohol.  But hey, it's your choice.
Link Posted: 3/26/2007 10:41:48 AM EDT

Quoted:
I hate how it leaves your lips all hanging and flopping when you talk,


FI-BERRRR!  Do-bunt you-bee see-bee dee-bee fi-berr?
</BillCosby>

Link Posted: 3/26/2007 10:45:30 AM EDT
I did it once when th edentist wouldn't fill both teeth that had cavities because they were on opposite sides of my mouth and he wouldn't numb my entire jaw and so I wouldn need another appt.  I didn't want to have to go back again so I told him do the smallest one then with no novocaine.  I have to tell you, when that drill hit the nerve, I was regretting my decision, hurt like a mother, but it was over pretty quick.  That being said, I wouldn't have done it any different because I hate having to go back for something they can do in one shot, no pun intended.
Link Posted: 3/26/2007 10:48:34 AM EDT
I had three cavities last time I went, The dentist told me that my grandmother (also one of his patients) never uses it, so I couldnt let my grandma have one up on me so I declined the novacaine...It really wasnt that bad
Link Posted: 3/26/2007 10:48:37 AM EDT

Quoted:
"Is it safe.....?"

HH
 


 I rember that.


 But is it safe..?        
Link Posted: 3/26/2007 10:52:13 AM EDT
Dateline:
sometime in 1979
MCB Quantico
Mainside Dental Clinic
I'm sitting in the chair waiting fo the novcaine to take effect, Doc comes in, starts drilling. I come up out of the chair!
"I'd better give you another shot." The Lt. says.
He gives me another shot, leaves for a few minutes then comes back & starts drilling again, with the same results!
Then he looks at the expiration date on the novacaine throws it away and shoots me up with some unexpired stuff!
I don't think you really want to do this.........
Hessian-1  
Link Posted: 3/26/2007 10:52:45 AM EDT
Depends on how deep the cavity is in your tooth.

I had two in one tooth, they were very small, and he filled them in with out using novocain.

I didn't feel any pain.
Link Posted: 3/26/2007 10:54:53 AM EDT
Had some cavities filled with no novacaine when I was a kid.  Hurt like a motherfucker; searing white hot pain.

Fuck that shit.
Link Posted: 3/26/2007 10:56:34 AM EDT
I had an irrational fear of needles as a child and had most of my cavities filled without Novacaine. Most of this was done when I was 8-10.

Would I recommend doing it? No, just get the shot.

-Mark
Link Posted: 3/26/2007 10:57:43 AM EDT
Ask the dentist if you can hold his balls while drills.  If he says yes, get another dentist.
Link Posted: 3/26/2007 11:36:11 AM EDT
Group buy:




<<<YES or NO>>>>
Link Posted: 3/26/2007 11:48:18 AM EDT
Last cavities I had filled were without numbing.

But they were just small pits, so it only took him a couple minutes.

You can feel the drilling, and it wasn't pleasant, but not incredibly painful either.
Link Posted: 3/26/2007 11:53:14 AM EDT
As others have said, it depends on how deep the dentist has to be drilling.  As well as your own tolerances for dealing with discomfort.  Last work I had done was without the shots.  There was pressure and vibration from the drill, but no pain.

Now the SOUND of the drill gets to some people (it's a pyschological thing) and they kinda freak out a bit.
Link Posted: 3/26/2007 12:01:51 PM EDT

Quoted:

Quoted:


+1 AND I double dog dare you to do it and post the video, you'll be legendary on the intraweb overnight!


YES HE WOULD..

just like that wierdo who chopped off his finger with a chisel.
straight to bangedup or rotten..

like a Dolf Lundgren film to the video store.
Link Posted: 3/26/2007 12:07:35 PM EDT
When I was a kid the family dentist never used novacaine for filling cavities. I couldn't understand other kids when they talked about being numb after going to the dentist.

I've ahd other things done with novacaine later on in life. It's not that bad. If I  had the choice, I'd go with the novacaine.
Link Posted: 3/26/2007 12:12:09 PM EDT
My father never uses Novocain when he has dental work - cavities, extractions, etc... But he's a WWII vet and ex-POW... Toughest man I ever met.

Trying to be like my old man, I tried going without a shot once... Lasted about a minute... Never again.  I vote for the shot(s).
Link Posted: 3/26/2007 12:18:00 PM EDT
I've had seventeen fillings done so far (this includes replacements of existing fillings), never had any sort of painkiller administered, and never had any problem with the pain.  Having fillings put in is annoying but not at all painful in my experience.

Your situation may be different if yours is really deep or something.  I dunno.  Ask your dentist.  Your mileage may vary.  100% post-consumer recycled electrons were used in the creation of this post.
Link Posted: 3/26/2007 12:18:26 PM EDT
These days they mostly use lidocaine instead on novocaine anyway. It does the same thing without as much swelling and numbing. Go ahead and get the shot. You'll really regret it if you don't.
Link Posted: 3/26/2007 12:20:14 PM EDT
I hate the numb feeling to, but get over it better than the feeling someone is grinding my lower jaw away.
Link Posted: 3/26/2007 12:21:50 PM EDT

Quoted:
I had a small cavity filled once with no novacaine. The doc said it was so small it wasn't needed. I was a bit skeptical at first, but it didn't hurt at all.


Got the same thing from my dentist once.  I had my first cavity at 31... So the doc was like "it's not very deep, I don't think we'll have to numb you up.  I too was skeptical but out of ignorance I said, "OK, what ever you say."  I damn near hit the ceiling when he went a little deeper then he thought he'd have to go.  

I recently went back to the dentist for my six month check-up and had another "small" cavity...  New Doc this time, and gave me the same bullshit.  I said, "out of your safety go ahead and numb me up."  

Never again will those fucking witch doctors dupe me,
~Dg84
Link Posted: 3/26/2007 12:26:04 PM EDT

Quoted:
HAd a lot of cavities as a kid.11,I think.
Had an old school Dentist,that DID NOT use novacaine.
Said it would "teach me to take better care of my teeth"

HAD to get my wisdon teeth pulled around 1980.
Another Doc gave me a few shots.
Avoided dentists for 14 years.Then had to get a root planing.
They gave me LOTS of shots.They'd wait a while and say,"Can you feel this?"
Answer was always "Yup",so I said no after a few more tries.

Sweet Jesus that hurt!

AFTER they finsihed,I went numb.

Now I'm back to a thrid world dentist,who caters to teh local Amish.
He does not use novaciane."Cost extra.You tough guys,no?"


That does not teach better tooth care, that is torture. I used to hate the dentist because of the pain involved. I would not go for years, but finally found a good dentist. I enjoy the cleanings now every 6 months and recently had a filling replaced with no uncomfortable pain.
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