I have the unfortunate body type that has a high resistance to Novocain. This makes every dental appointment a bit of a nightmare. For quite a few years I have avoided the dental chair with everything in me. I know I have teeth that need to come out and more than probably can be saved if I can tolerate the work. I really want a pretty smile. Is there any way to deal with this?
I wonder who told you that your body type was the cause of your Novocain resistance? Unless you have something that makes you resistant to all medication, I don’t think I would settle for that. There is a connection between dental anxiety and Novocain resistance. It’s a connection that has only in recent years become more well known. We are not sure why, but the higher your anxiety, the more quickly the medication will burn off.
The best solution to this is to go to a dentist who can provide you dental sedation options. This will relax you enough for the numbing medication to work. If you need a lot of work, and it sounds like you do, I would like to recommend that you use oral conscious sedation. This is administered by a pill. It will relax you enough that you will likely sleep through your appointment.
Your dentist will be able to get more work done at each setting allowing you to get caught up faster. The only real downside is you will need to have someone drive you to and from your appointment as well as stay with you for a few hours afterward, just until you are lucid and stable on your feet.
If you truly have teeth that cannot be saved, you will want to replace them as soon as possible. My suggestion would be to replace them with dental implants. These are the closest thing to having a healthy, natural smile again. The crowns can be made to match your teeth perfectly, if you go to a dentist with some cosmetic skill as well as expertise in cosmetic training.
One thing I would suggest is sometime before the implant crowns are made you get your teeth whitened. The color of the crowns is permanent, so if you whiten the teeth afterward, you will have to re-do the crowns in order to get them to match. Doing the teeth whitening ahead of time, will save you money in the long run.
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