Post # 1
Ok bees, I’m in need of your SUPER honest opinions. I’m 28 and have my first cavity ever. It’s small and between my top left molars, so no filling yet. But I’m deathly afraid of the drill, needles etc. How painful is this process? Would it be totally insane to ask for sleep sedation for this? I’m freaking out b/c this is literally one of my worst nightmares and I’d like to know what to expect/ask for when it needs to be filled 🙁
Post # 3
@Pixie26: The area is numbed when filling a cavity. The sound of the drill is pretty harsh, but in my experience there’s no residual pain after the procedure.
Post # 4
@Pixie26: honestly your anxiety is worse than the pain will actually be! Its just a couple pricks of the novocaine and then you will be completely numb.
Do not put it off and be stuck with a root canal later!
You do not need to be put asleep- thats cray! And very expensive. I would recommend you ask you dentist for either: nitrous oxide (laughing gas), or an anti-anxiety pill to take before (lorazepam, xanax) etc and bring an ipod with headphones. Youll just be feeling so groovy you wont care!
Post # 5
I haven’t had a cavity filled since I was a child, but I remember it being fine. They inject a local anesthetic. The needles don’t hurt, they just pinch. If you’ve had your ears pierced it’s not much worse. I don’t think your regular dentist would have sedation available, but there are specialty clinics that are becoming more popular.
Post # 6
@Pixie26: Modern dentistry makes fillings a breeze. First of all they apply a local anasthetic with a cotton swab to the gum. Then, when it’s numb, they inject the local. You will be offered headphones to listen to music or TV for distraction. You won’t even know anything is happening.
Post # 7
Some dentists use laughing gas for nervous patients. Maybe there’s one in your city that does this?
I don’t know if my dentist just uses other words besides cavities (like “pits”) or if indeed I have never had a cavity before, but I have had to have little pits filled before… and I didn’t even need a needle to freeze it. I hate needles, so that’s always my main concern. It felt fairly unpleasant, but nothing I couldn’t handle.
To be put to sleep you need an IV usually… and it’s considered surgery so I wouldn’t go down that route unless you have to!
Post # 8
I just had a root canal a few months ago and I could have fallen asleep in the chair. It was a breeze and I have major anxiety about the dentist. A few pricks to get you numb and you won’t feel anything after that. It’s noisy but it’s a mind over matter thing.
Post # 9
Well for some reason the numbing stuff they use doesn’t work very well on me or anyone in my family. 🙁 The dentist hates filling my cavities because she has to go slow so I can take it! She usually gives me three shots in my gums and puts numbing gel all over the area. Then she lets me sit for like 30-45 mins for it to get numb. She used to only give me one shot and it would hurt like CRAZY! But after a few really painful fillings, she decided to give me two more shots and it has been much better. So if you are in a lot of pain just tell them and they will know that you need more numbing stuff to make it stop hurting! You will be fine!
Post # 10
@Pixie26: I have had numerous cavities filled and I still get quite anxious. Ask for headphones, they help me a lot, and I take one of those hand exercise balls – sort of mushy feeling – and I squeeze it when the dentist works on me. I find it very relaxing to have my hands busy. Talk to your dentist ahead of time, they are very understanding and have much they can do to ease your anxiety.
Post # 11
There is no pain when a cavity is getting filled. You will have a shot that will make you numb. There are some dentist offices that offer sedation in my city for people who are jittery about dental work, so that’s something to look into if you really think you need to.
Post # 12
@Pixie26: Ohh honey, as someone who has had a lot of dental experience – cavities, root canals, wisdom teeth removed, crowns, etc! – I can assure you if you have a nice doc and tell him you’re a bit timid about the whole process, he/she should be sensitive to your fears and be as gentle and soothing as possible…
My dentist has TVs and headphones so you can watch your favorite show and drown out the noise of any work being done… and it is worth EVERY PENNY!
If they don’t have this capability, maybe they’ll let you put your earbuds in and oyu can make a playlist of soothing songs that will keep you calm.
If you only have one inbetween cavity, I doubt it will take more than an hour.
Rationalize that MILLIONS of people get that same proceedure done all the time and I’m sure you’ll be fine… its not painful bc they numb you and the shot is only a slight pinch.
You got this!
Post # 13
thanks everyone for your answers. i have to go back the 19th to have my permanent retainer fixed, so ill speak to my dentist then about the filling. there are a few places nearby that offer sedation. the drill literally sends chills down my spine. ill keep it in mind as a last resort. im a huge baby when it comes to the dentist
Post # 14
I haven’t had a cavity since I was a kid, but the drill is the worst part. It doesn’t hurt, but you can feel it. I don’t know how to describe it. You are not unreasonable to ask for sedation. I absolutely hate the dentist and get queasy when they’re brushing my teeth with that awful electric brush tool. It’s the noise/feeling that bugs me.
Post # 15
@Pinkmoon: ugh the electric cleaning tool! i had my teeth cleaned today and even after them applying numbing gel i could still feel it…the noise alone is just awful