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What can i expect when getting injected with lidocaine(xylocaine) from the dentist?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Minor pinch: Your dentist will place a topical anesthetic (numbing gel) on your gums prior to the injection. You may feel a small pinch as the needle is inserted, then almost immediately, that area will start to numb. Getting a shot in the arm is much more painful.
Dr. Neil Manago
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Pinch then pressure: Local anesthetics like Lidocaine when injected will produce a prick (unless they swab the area with topical anesthetic first) then burning or lot of pressure when the local is injected. You may feel a. Shock sensation if he/ she gets close to a nerve.

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Last updated Jun 26, 2014

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