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How much will it honestly hurt?

Do you feel like the shot is painful without the gel?

  • Yes! Definitely worse than a regular shot!

    Votes: 2 28.6%
  • Yes, but not worse than a regular shot.

    Votes: 2 28.6%
  • About the same as a regular shot.

    Votes: 1 14.3%
  • No, just a pinch.

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • No! You can’t even feel it!

    Votes: 2 28.6%

  • Total voters


Junior member
Jun 27, 2019
I’m having a cavity filled in my back tooth. I’m told it’s just the way the tooth is formed, but I’m terrified! Without numbing gel, how much with the shot hurt? What about the rest? I’m seriously freaked out! Please help!
I have had many injections (with and without gel) and I have not noticed any difference. In fact, one of the most painful injections I have experienced was when gel was used. I have had countless 100% painless injections without the gel. The injection technique and location is what matters most when it comes to giving a painless injection. I personally do not feel that the gel is at all necessary and when my dentist offers it, I decline because I do not feel like it is needed. I hope this helps!

I would like to share my view about the gel: the gel is a technical mean. It’s purpose is to numb the superficial layer of the skin and to mask the initial needle penetration to the tissue but there are other ways to achieve that. I my self hardly ever use that.
What really counts is the dentist’s commitment to inject pain free, to invest the time and effort in achieving that.
I second kitkat and Dr.Daniel. It's all about the technique your dentist uses and how much he/she cares about making it as comfortable for you as possible. There are a lot of techniques and ways to work with the anesthetic and every dentist uses different tricks. As far as I know, any pain doesn't come from the initial pinch, but from the anesthetic liquid getting in which is why slow delivery is more important in which case the numbing gel doesn't play much of a role. From the three numbings I had with my dentist, I haven't noticed any of them. By that I mean I haven't noticed anything at all, I wouldn't be able to say when he got in or what is happening, the only thing I knew was that there is an instrument somewhere. Many people are afraid of shots in dental setting, but they are actually more tolerable than any other ones. I found my last vaccination much more uncomfortable than anything a dentist could do, it's just not comparable.

As usually, talking to your dentist and letting him/her know what worries you helps...
Honestly fillings to me is the easier treatment I was told they were the worst but after eextractions in my experience it's easier got through.
The numbing gel will work but you will still feel the needle only because of the anesthetic , that's all, it's literally 10'seconds of discomfort not even bad pain, you'll be fine honestly.. good luck
While I agree with the above in that it does take the patience and skill and slow delivery and intention.. I myself have really come to appreciate the topical gel, now everytime I have had a good shot it has always been with topical.. my dentists that have been good with me have always used it every time. So I cannot compare a shot without from a good dentist to a shot with. The dentists that were quick and didn't care and didn't offer it. I wouldn't want a shot from them again. I think personally I would rather have it than not . at the same time if my dentist told me he could not offer it for a certain reason on a certain tooth I would trust he would still take his time and know I'm a total chicken when it comes to shots and be extra kind about it. :)
Is your tooth an upper or lower one?