Originally Posted by Mynder
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!
So true. I have been to a fair share of dentists and the best ones make you relax so you feel less pain. It's never a pleasant experience for me and there's usually some amount of pain involved (if nothing else, the needle hurts), but I find that a good, compassionate dentist goes a long way to alleviate the discomfort.
But if you have to go to this dentist, then my advice is to bring music (some dentists even have glasses you put on that you can view movies from!) to distract you from the process. It helps, plus you're not hearing all those annoying drilling noises.