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A 30-year-old member asked:

Does it hurt to get a novocain (procaine) shot at the dentist?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
Anesthesiology 30 years experience
It's much better : Than surgical pain. You'll feel a pinch and some mild burning. Then the injected area will become numb. After that you may feel some pressure, but you shouldn't have any pain in the surgical area.
Dr. Rafael Morales
Specializes in Dentistry
Not really: Pain is actually very subjective, while someone may feel it hurts terribly, someone else may not feel it at all. A big part of it is how 'heavy-handed' or gentle your dentist is, and you can talk to some of his/her patients to get an idea. Ask your dentist to put a bit of topical anesthetic before you get the shot, and it will help you in feeling less of the pinch of the needle.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

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

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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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