Re: Overcoming many many fears
EMLA cream is fantastic stuff. Some people prefer Ametop as I think it's supposed to work quicker, but they both do more or less the same thing. The trick with EMLA cream is that you need to leave it on for long enough for it to work. Sometimes people don't leave it on for long enough which means that the skin is not fully numb and so they think that it hasn't worked, but from my own experience, you need to give it around 1.5 to 2 hours to be sure (I have a blood disorder which means that I have very regular blood tests and also spend a lot of time in hospital attached to a drip - so I have my own stockpile of EMLA cream and dressings ).
Originally Posted by allonsy
Your dentist may be able to give you the cream beforehand for you to put it on before your appointment, or you should be able to get it from a pharmacy. If you buy the cream yourself from a pharmacy, then you'll also need to get a dressing to put over the top of the cream to keep it in place because the cream works by sitting on top of the skin, rather than being rubbed in. EMLA cream is sold in individual tubes and I think they also do a single use pack which includes the cream and a couple of dressings (I'm not sure whether this is available to the public though).
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