I'm new to this forum and hope that you guys can help me answer some questions that I'm worried about! Last Saturday I went to my dentist (he is great!) and it was time to work on my lower left molar (cavities). He gave me 1 shot of novocain in the back (suppose to block/numb everything on the left lower jaw) and I just felt numbness on my left side of the tongue and lips but my gums and teeth were still not numb. He gave me another shot and still didn't work, so he gave me a total of 6 novocain shots that day and while he was giving me shots I had "sparks" like static shocking me on my tongue!!! I've never had that, he explained that in order to bypass to get to the nerve you'll pass the nerve for the tongue and that's why there's shocking feeling. It wasn't painful but it was weird, nothing like I've felt before. After 6 unsuccessful shots, he told me that I am a rare case that can not get numbed through LA and will need to get a shot directly on that exact tooth that needs work (something like thru the bones of the tooth?). That sounded so scary. Then I told him that I had extraction of an impacted wisdom tooth earlier this year (all 4 were removed with surgery) and the lower left side was so close to the lip nerve that it left my left lower side numb for a few months (luckily it all came back at the end), he told me that it may be the nerves repaired and branched out in different ways (I had no problem getting numb when my oral surgeon performed surgery for wisdom tooth extraction) and the anatomy of the nerves is not the same as before. I'm not sure what is going on but he fixed my upper cavities w/o a problem.
Then yesterday I went back to get my right lower side fixed (cavitiest), hoping that I can get numb, but after 3 shots I didn't get numb. This time the shots were more pronounced, it hurted real bad, the last time when he gave me a shot my right side of my tongue felt like it was being burned! I was so scared! I guess it was from the wisdom tooth extraction as well? Like I said I was able to get numbed befored wisdom tooth extraction, if not the oral surgeon wouldn't of been able to perform surgery!
Now my whole tongue is still a bit numbed, feels like you drank hot soup quick and burned it (the aftermath). I'm hoping its not permanent damage?
My question is this common? Do you guys know which technique of numbing he's trying to perform (I've emailed and asked him today, but haven't heard back yet)? Is it going to be really painful for the shot? Thanks for all the help, I'm a bit traumatized, but my dentist is really nice and I really like how he performs!
Looking forward to hearing comments and answers, thanks! [smiley=confused.gif]