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A 47-year-old member asked:

Can doctors tell me what does the shot feel like when they have to numb your tooth to prepare for dental work?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 41 years experience
Small pinch, if that: Most dentists will lather your gums near the injection site with a topical anesthetic, which further minimizes any discomfort. After a second or two, the area starts to numb and you don't feel anything.
Dr. Charles Lockhart
Dentistry 10 years experience
Pressure: Depending on the gauge of the needle and use of a topical anesthetic, the sensation is more one of pressure rather than discomfort for most patients.

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