Today I had an appointment to take impressions for my permanent bridge. I thought today would be the day I would actually get my permanent bridge as I already had a temporary in place. However, the doctor said since a tooth was previously extracted (6 weeks ago) (and it apparently was a very difficult extraction) it was impossible at that time to get a clean impression for my permanent bridge (there are three teeth involved) as it was very messy and the bone and gums needed to heal (6 weeks).
Today I went in believing he would numb the area, take off the temporary and just glue the permanent on. As I said earlier, I was wrong. He said he would need to drill a bit to reshape the tooth as the gums had shrunk and do other things. I started to get nervous.
Ironically, I am completely fine getting shots anywhere on my body, having blood drawn, or having IV's put in. I actually watch because I think it's interesting and it only hurts a tiny bit.
Yet anything remotely related to my mouth...I get very nervous!
I trust my dentist completely and he was very attentive to any suggestion of pain to me.
After the first four shots of novocaine, I could feel my body start to shake a little. Then he started to proceed with drilling. I could definitely feel it. He gave me three more shots. After that I was fine for 10 minutes of drilling. Then the hygenist started shoving the strings between my teeth and my gums to widened them. I definitely felt this, but I didn't tell her because I didn't want to have more painful novocaine shots. When she sprayed my teeth with air I nearly had a heart attack and told her.
She told the dentist and he came back and gave me more novocaine. I painfully felt each of the next 6 shots he gave me. My dentist was very surprised as I shouldn't have felt anything.
At this point, my body started shaking violently. I don't think it was because of the novocaine, but I was so scared that I would still feel the pain in my teeth, no matter how much novocaine.
My dentist couldn't do anything in my mouth because my head was shaking along with the rest of my body. He asked if I had eaten lunch, and I replied I had. He said maybe my blood sugar was low and sat me up. He called one of the nurses to get me a juice. She handed it to me, and I was so embarrassed to try to get the straw out of the package and into the little hole. Before I even tried to attempt this my dentist asked the nurse to open it for me. She looked put out until she did this and handed it back to me, and saw I had trouble keeping the straw to my lips due to all the shaking.
After my dentist gave me 6 more shots, 3 of them being 8 hour novocaine to ward of the pain and he was able to finish with my temporary and appt.
The 8 hour novocaine wore off after 2 hours on me and now I am in incredible pain. My right side of my face is swollen to twice its size. He sent a pain prescription to my pharmacy, but I can't afford it until payday...in three days.
Has anyone else had violent body shaking during a dental appt.?