Are you sure he's "needling you right"? I've had good dentists and bad, and one thing I can't do without is a dentist who knows how to aim the needle and put those nerves to sleep.
I've now ended up with a woman who is very adept at anesthesizing, and she's also pretty gentle (I've had others where I had the feeling they wanted to push down the drill into my jawbone by applied pressure alone....), and that hurts/vibrates a lot less than with any other dentists I've had before.
So make sure the dentist is a good fit, friendly, gentle, knows his stuff and "vibes with you". Trust really matters, so find a good one for you!