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I suffer from agoraphobia (fear of needles) at the dentist. I heard of lidocaine spray and gel. Do they work the same as the injection? I need help...

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Dr. Ana Adelstein
Clinical Psychology
5 doctors agree

In brief: ATT & Exposure Tx

3-5% of population estimated 2 have a needle phobia-"trypanophobia.
" it's poorly understood & prevents many from seeking medical/dental care. It's unlike other phobias: they generally cause heart rate & BP 2 rise + feelings of panic. But trypanophobia causes heart rate & BP 2 fall + fainting. Learn applied tension technique: http://bit.Ly/11imvmd a clinical psychologist doing exposure tx can help.

In brief: ATT & Exposure Tx

3-5% of population estimated 2 have a needle phobia-"trypanophobia.
" it's poorly understood & prevents many from seeking medical/dental care. It's unlike other phobias: they generally cause heart rate & BP 2 rise + feelings of panic. But trypanophobia causes heart rate & BP 2 fall + fainting. Learn applied tension technique: http://bit.Ly/11imvmd a clinical psychologist doing exposure tx can help.
Dr. Ana Adelstein
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4 doctors agree

In brief: Topical products

The topical Lidocaine is used to anesthetize the soft tissue before the injection to minimize if not eliminate the pinch of the needle.
Your dentist may also use nitrous oxide or oral sedation before your visit to help alleviate your anxiety. Feel better soon.

In brief: Topical products

The topical Lidocaine is used to anesthetize the soft tissue before the injection to minimize if not eliminate the pinch of the needle.
Your dentist may also use nitrous oxide or oral sedation before your visit to help alleviate your anxiety. Feel better soon.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Some clarification

Agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder characterized by anxiety in situations where the sufferer perceives the environment as being difficult to escape or get help.
Fear of needles is known as needle phobia or trypanophobia. The spray & gel are topical anesthetics and numb the area somewhat but not as profoundly as an injection. They are generally used prior to the injection.

In brief: Some clarification

Agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder characterized by anxiety in situations where the sufferer perceives the environment as being difficult to escape or get help.
Fear of needles is known as needle phobia or trypanophobia. The spray & gel are topical anesthetics and numb the area somewhat but not as profoundly as an injection. They are generally used prior to the injection.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dr. Gary Sandler
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Dr. Gary Sandler
Personally, I find that Sweet Air works better than topical anesthetics.
Dr. Victor Zeines
Dentistry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Not as good

Talk to your dentist about IV sedation.
If your dentist doesn't do this ask for a referral.

In brief: Not as good

Talk to your dentist about IV sedation.
If your dentist doesn't do this ask for a referral.
Dr. Victor Zeines
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Phobia

Behavior modification techniques of gradual exposure thru imagery, with desensitization.

In brief: Phobia

Behavior modification techniques of gradual exposure thru imagery, with desensitization.
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
The spray and gel will help with not feeling the needle injection but I would not consider them as effective for a procedure as an injection of lidocaine or novocaine. Ask your doctor if they would be willing to give you a small amount of valium before your appointment to help ease your anxiety.
Dr. Victor Bonuel
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: The spray wil

Minimize the pain from the injection.
They will still give u both.. Try these technique to ease the fear- before they give u the shot , imagine a lovely scenery, do slow deep breathing and hold your breath just before they give u the injection. Bless u!

In brief: The spray wil

Minimize the pain from the injection.
They will still give u both.. Try these technique to ease the fear- before they give u the shot , imagine a lovely scenery, do slow deep breathing and hold your breath just before they give u the injection. Bless u!
Dr. Victor Bonuel
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology

In brief: CBT

Seek a cognitive-behavioral therapist who specializes in phobias.
One method they use is systematic desensitization which slowly and incrementally brings the person closer and closer to the thing they are afraid of in slow, graduated steps that help make the anxiety more tolerable.

In brief: CBT

Seek a cognitive-behavioral therapist who specializes in phobias.
One method they use is systematic desensitization which slowly and incrementally brings the person closer and closer to the thing they are afraid of in slow, graduated steps that help make the anxiety more tolerable.
Dr. Andrew Berry
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