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How effective is dental anesthesia for nervous patients?

I am a 25 year old male who needs a root canal done but needs dental anesthesia. I am very nervous at the dentist. How effective is dental anesthesia for nervous patients?

11 Answers

You can request nitrous oxide to help you less nervous or possibly a valium from your dentist to help you be less anxious during the procedure.
Very effective, with proper anesthesia you will not feel a thing :)
Anesthesia only numbs the tooth and gums, dependent on how extensive the abscess is. Seek a dental office that offers n2o (laughing gas). If you have dental anxiety, perhaps seek an office that offers oral sedation and have multiple treatment completed
No need to worry! Local anesthetic is very effective. Today we can select from many different types based on individual needs and medical history. Some dentists, like myself, place topical anesthetic to even reduce the feeling of the "shot."
I hope this helps and good luck!
Dental anesthesia is very effective in mitigating any anticipated discomfort you are worried about. Your root canal procedure should be painless. Today there are very strong local anesthetics that are used that also last or several hours to keep you comfortable afterwards.
Dental anesthesia is still effective for nervous patients. We treat a lot of nervous patients on a regular basis, sometimes more anesthetic is needed for those cases if the patient is relaxed, which is very hard for the nervous patient the anesthesia is more effective.
Depending on the level of sedation, it can be very effective and helpful for anxious patients. Ask your dentist what they offer.

Sorry to hear about your situation.
Anesthesia comes in different forms (local anesthesia and general anesthesia). General anesthesia has different levels to it (sedation and conscious sedation). There is also nitrous oxide (which is for anxiety). Nitrous oxide can lower your anxiety but occasionally someone with anxiety can get anxious about the relaxing feeling. If this is what you are referring to as anesthesia, it depends on your level of anxiety. Perhaps you would prefer sedation or conscious sedation. This is something you can work out with your dentist. If not, you can try another dentist.
Best of luck.

William F. Scott IV, DMD
I'm not sure if you are referring to sedation or numbing. Both are very effective.
Dental anesthesia is to make an area of your mouth numb. In the old days, patients had nothing to manage the pain. It was grab the arms of the chair and white knuckle it.
There was only one anesthesia and that was novocaine. There was nothing wrong with the anesthesia it was the preservative in it.
Dental anesthesia is only for your teeth and mouth. It is not habit forming. And has no effect on your entire body.
Many patients are anxious about having dental work done

The newer anesthetics lidocaine, mepivicaine etc are made to block nerve conduction. Some people in the legal, paralegal arena, have a hard time understanding: Non of the newer local anesthetics are habit forming. And none of the local anesthetics effect your whole body!

Many patients are nervous when it comes to having dental work done. What you might need is some medication to calm you down. Talk to your dentist or the staff and tell them how you feel. You are not alone. Some mild medications can be prescribed. If you are going to be put to sleep, make sure you follow your doctor's DIRECTIONS. If you are going to be put to sleep, you CAN'T have any liquids, not even water before you have your procedure done.
If you are going to sleep, you must bring some one with you, or you will be sent home in a cab, LYFT or an Uber.
Even if you are given an oral sedative, the facility
wants someone to drive you to and back home.
I had a relative who was going to have a dental procedure done. The plan was the patient was going to be put to sleep. The instructions were no food or drink after midnight. I watched the patient like a hawk. No water glasses or cups in the bathroom. Reminding the patient before using the facilities no water.
Right before the procedure, this relative asked to use the facilities. We go into the OPERATORY and the patient was asked about food and drink.
The patient says he had some water before entering the OPERATORY. Thepatient's daughter told him to take TWO OTC pain tablets
before the procedure. I left this patient for two minutes to get ready to assist and putting the patient to sleep was canceled!
Local anesthesia was used instead. If you need
something talk to your dentist. You should be fine
Good morning. I am assuming by dental anesthesia you are referring to local anesthetic we use to numb a specific area or tooth. It is not uncommon if you are nervous to require extra anesthetic. In some cases it is necessary to use other methods along with local anesthetic to reduce the anxiety. Some options are nitrous oxide (laughing gas), a prescription medication that your dentist can prescribe for you to take one hour prior to you appointment or IV sedation. I recommend you discuss your anxiety and concerns with your dentist and have him or her help you decide which option would best manage your anxiety to make you as comfortable as possible during your treatment.