If this should be in IMHO, feel free to move it.
It’s 2020, so why are dentists still using painful novocaine shots!?
Like most kids, I hated the dentist. To make matters worse, back in the 60s I don’t think we had fluoride in the water yet and we had no fluoride dental treatments. We kids always had cavities. As an adult, I lost the fear of dentists. It wasn’t my favorite place to go, but I was ok with it. One reason was probably because I rarely had to have any actual dental work done other than cleaning and x-rays.
In the last few years, I’ve had to have some dental work. Some of those old fillings from the 70s have broken and have had to be replaced. The novocaine shots have been horrible. The dentist will numb my gums with a topical anesthetic but WOW that giant needle going in had me white-knuckling the armrests of the chair.
I can’t believe there hasn’t been anything better, less painful developed in all this time. I know there are dentists that will put you completely under to do basic dental work for people that have anxiety issues when it comes to any dental work. But I won’t go that far.
I’ve never tried gas. Does that help?