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A 31-year-old member asked:

I'm scared of just getting novocain, (procaine) what to do?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sal Aragona
Dentistry 42 years experience
Why?: With modern topical anesthetics used in today's modern dental practice, getting anesthetics is a breeze and virtually painless process. Relax and i think you will be surprised to see how easy it is!
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 37 years experience
Relax.: Many people are scared of novacaine. Try meditation to relax. Trust that your dentist will do whatever he/ she can to make the process easy for you. Consider using nitrous or sedation if you are very apprehensive.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 55 years experience
Fear of injections: First- find a recommended and compassionate dentist. Second-ask to discuss this issue prior to any procedure. Third-trust the dentist as he she has extensive experience and techniques to minimize any discomfort. Fourth- see if your dentist uses "sweet air" as it really gets your mind off the treatment and relaxes you. Patients love it. Finally-like jumping in a pool\ocean, never as bad as u think!

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A 35-year-old member asked:

How can you get novocain (procaine) to wear off?

4 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Earl Sandroff
Dentistry 44 years experience
Time is the antidote: Most of the time dental anesthetics wear off with time. Depending on the type, concentration and amount of Epinephrine in the anesthetic will give you a clue how long it will take. Sometimes 45 minutes to several hours. There is now on the market an anesthetic reversing agent that can be injected into the same area but...It is expensive and many dentists don't have it available.

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