I have trouble with dentists. I decided to try this new one because he advertised as a gentle dentist. He was a complete jerk. My old dentist would put some kind of numbing medicine on my gums before the needle, but they’d let it sit there. He just rubbed it on and then jabbed the needle in. I couldn’t move. It hurt so much. He was also rude and snapped my head around constantly. When I would say, “Ow”, he accused me of being childish. All that aside, I have a bigger problem. It’s been three days and I’m still numb. It’s making things quite difficult. Did he damage my mouth?
This dentist obviously wasn’t a true “gentle dentist“. They’re much more kind, patient, and tender with their patients. If he’s advertising as a gentle dentist, it would be a good idea if you post a review of your experience, so other patients with dental anxiety. That way they don’t end up in the situation you found yourself in.
Regarding the numb mouth. Dentists try to get close to the nerve without actually touching it. Unfortunately, because everyone’s nerves are located in a different area, sometimes the nerve is affected. When that happens you usually regain feeling again within a couple of weeks. The only time it is permanent is if the nerve gets severed, though that is very rare. Give it some time and hopefully, things will improve.
What I don’t want is for this experience to frighten you off of dentists altogether. Regular check ups are the safest and least expensive way to prevent more extensive problems in the future. If you happen to get a toothache. Don’t put off getting treatment. They can quickly blow up into a dental emergency.
I know you’ll be able to find a kind, gentle dentist. This will give you a much more pleasant experience. You may even start to like going to the dentist.
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