"painful injections at dentist"

About: Cornwall and Isles of Scilly PCT

(as the patient),

Approaching eighty I have been having fillings/extractions for about sixtyfive years and although not 'enjoying' the anaesthetic injections I have not had any undue fears of them - until last year!

I had a filling in a canine and an extraction of the incisor next to the other canine, on separate occasions. The injections for the filling were extremely painful, and for the extraction agonising. The pain following the extraction was, I am sure, primarily from the injection.

On both occasions there was no wait for the anaesthetic to take effect. I cannot help but wonder whether that was due to improvements in anaesthetics or whether the dentist had injected deeper to get the the desired effect, to aviod having me return to the waiting room whilst another patient was seen, whilst the anaesthetic took effect.

Also, previous dentists have either massaged a numbing cream into the gum prior to giving the injection, or even given small (shallow?) injections to the site first.

I did refer to the former technique but the dentist dismissed it as psychological.

Do you suppose the extreme discomfort (to put it mildly) was due to the site of the injections or am I correct to suspect the dentists technique?

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