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High Resistance to Novocaine

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I need some advice. I have a very high resistance to Novocaine. It usually takes over ten shots to get me numb and even then the appointment is a bit of a nightmare. Because of these experiences, I tend to avoid the dentist. As you can imagine, this has led to some real problems for my dental health. I have quite a bit of work that needs to be done. At the moment, I am sure there are two teeth that need to come out. Is there any way for someone like me to get a beautiful smile?


Dear Pamela,

Woman asleep with dental sedation

I am very glad you wrote and I feel confident we can help you. First, you should know when someone has a high resistance to novocaine, the solution is not to give them more. What they need instead is a relaxant. We have discovered a correlation between dental anxiety and the novocaine resistance you are dealing with. There a still a large number of dentists who are unaware of the connection, so I am not surprised your dentist is just giving you more shots.

The best thing that you can do is to see a sedation dentist. They can offer medications at varying levels that will help you relax during your treatment. You have been through quite a bit of trauma at the dentist’s office, so I am going to suggest you find a dentist who offers oral conscious sedation. This is administered by a simple pill, but it is powerful! You will be completely relaxed, which allows the numbing medication to do its job fully.

There is an additional benefit as well. It is so strong that most people choose to simply sleep through their appointment. This allows you to get more work done at each visit, giving you a healthy smile faster.

You also mentioned having teeth that needed to come out. Hopefully, when you see the dentist, he or she will be able to save your teeth. If they can’t, do not despair. You can still have a beautiful smile. The best tooth replacement option for you is to get dental implants. These are the closest thing to having healthy, natural teeth again.

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