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Posted by Carrie on November 17, 2000 at 21:29:20:

Hi!

I went to the dentist last week to get a lot of work done (3 pulp caps) and once again I had to go thru the torture of trying to explain that I was insensitive to Novacaine. The dentist never believes me until they are in the middle of a procedure, I have tears streaming down my face, and 15 (yes 15!) shots later I can still feel everything. I had a valium given to me 30 minutes before the procedure, lots of nitrous and my dentist used 3 different kinds of anesthetics, plus one of the 15 shots was in a nerve that apparently only 5% of the population has. I still felt it, I even tried to *deal* with the pain until he hit a nerve and I just about jumped out of the chair.

The probem is I have to go back Monday so he can complete the job he was unable to finish last week. He now has me taking 1 Valium a day for two days before the visit, 1 Valium the morning of the visit, and another 1 hour before he starts work. My concern is the Valium may make me more relaxed, but it won't eleviate pain....My doctor is researching another medication, but he can't promise I will be able to take it. Is there anything else that can be done to help make this pain free? I have a prescription for Vicaden (for the pain from the 15 injections!) Should I take one of those as well? or will it totally whack out my system?

Also, does anyone know anything about "sleep dentistry"? Would that help in a case like mine?

Thanks so much for any info y'all may have (also, I need good vibes, I am Terrified!!)

Carrie

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