Will your dental injection hurt?
One question that seems to be on a lot of people's minds is: Will the shot my dentist is going to give me hurt?
Why is it that some dental injections are painful and others aren't?
The amount of discomfort caused by any one dental injection can vary significantly.
And even though so many patients are focused on the fact that a needle is involved, most of the pain from a dental injection is not related to the needle itself. Instead, it has to do with the location and type of tissue in which the shot is given.
Here's what's really causing the pain.
The bulk of the discomfort that a patient experiences during an injection has to do with the act of placing a quantity of liquid (the anesthetic) into soft tissues.
This fact explains why shots in different locations have varying potential to hurt.
In some locations, the tissue receiving the injection is comparatively "loose," thus making it easy for the injected anesthetic solution to find a space to occupy.
In other areas, the construction of the tissue will be dense and tight. And as the anesthetic solution is injected, it must forcibly make its own space. This is what pinches so much.
Here's why it's not really the needle that's to blame.
Think about it.
- Sure, the needle initially pricks as it first enters through the skin. But this just takes a split second.
- Once the needle is in position, the dentist doesn't really move it around a great deal, so what's to cause a further pricking sensation?
- The solution coming out of the sharp tip of the needle is the very solution (the anesthetic) that makes it so nerve fibers that carry pain sensations stop functioning.
So, how is it that the needle could cause so much pain during an injection? Well, of course, it's not.