Originally Posted by Momofmany
Recent research has identified that many redheads have this problem, then I've heard more recently it is in general, fair skinned people of northern European descent. We are highly tolerant to pain meds and anesthesia.
I linked to an article in a past migraine thread about this. Some people are tolerant to painkillers, beta blockers, and even anti depressants. If I recall correctly, it may have had to do with a particular liver enzyme?
I'm somewhat tolerant to painkillers. Lortab and darvocet do nothing for me, and sometimes even the tramadol doesn't...I'm sure I'll eventually find out what betas blocker do. I can also easily become tolerant to medication. I do have some North European decent - Danish to be exact.
Originally Posted by sarahp
So by the time I leave again, my face feels numb from my eye down to my neck
I don't think I can safely eat for a little while still
How many shots did the dentist use in total? It sounds like too much was used and too many nerves were numbed.
My first dental visit the dentist used 4 shots of local and used lidocaine with epi. I didn't know that was going to cause a problem then and had a bad reaction (sensitive type reaction, not allergic).
Next time the dentist was supposed to use carbocaine, but I'm not sure he did due to how long the local lasted. He used 5 shots for a front tooth. Again I felt horrible with tachycardia and pre-syncope symptoms.
The most recent dentist was better and more careful. He called my cardiologist, listened when I told him I was sensitive to epi and the local itself (locals and even narcotic painkillers cause vasodilation - something I do not need), he leaned the chair back flat, and did give me gas - though I don't think it did anything as I didn't feel different from it.
One shot of local in the front above the tooth and one behind just to numb the branch of the intra-orbital nerve (I think that's the correct name?) that goes to that tooth. (That innervates your front teeth, the side of your nose, and part of under your eye)
I had a little pain in the left front tooth, where I shouldn't have felt any - it was the front right being worked on. So maybe my nerves are a little odd. Having an official diagnosis to make the dentist actually listen and be more cautious helped, too.