Someone please help me and tell me I am not alone….am I alone? I have been a hygienist for 3 years now however my anxiety giving injections has not gotten any better! I get shakey and feel like my fear is written all over my face. I am the only hygienist that is licensed to give injections in my office! I think my boss knows my fear exists and NEVER asks me to numb his patients or the other hygienists patients! I am so embarrassed by the anxiety it makes me want to throw up! I lose sleep over an SRP the night before! I feel I’m a good hygienist but this demon has got the best of me and makes me want to leave my job! Someone please help 🙁
You are not alone in having anxiety about giving injections! My biggest advice is not to shy away from giving injections because you are nervous. In fact, you should do the opposite and give as many as you can. The more you do it, the more comfortable you will feel.
If you have time in your schedule, anesthetize your doctor’s patients for practice. Or even peek over your doctor’s shoulder when he/she anesthetizes. Remember your schooling and don’t hesitate to look through your anesthesia book, especially if it came with a CD. Check out Youtube for injection techniques. If you have any brave family, friends, or co-workers, have them come in and practice on them, perhaps with the doctor watching to give you tips (you don’t have to deposit anesthetic, just go to the deposition point and pull out).
Like you, I was not overly excited about giving injections at first, to say the least. However, the first permanent office I worked in was very high volume in which the doctor saw on average 50-70 patients per day (don’t even get me started on how unethical this is – I am not there any more!). I anesthetized many patients for him throughout the day, like upwards of 20 patients per day – multiple injections per patient on top of my own SRP patients. Needless to say, I am extremely comfortable giving injections now! Looking back, being thrown in and forced to do several per day was the best thing in the long run, even though it didn’t feel like it at the time. Mind you, when my own blood is drawn, I have been known to pass out. So my point here is practice will make you comfortable, I say this from first-hand experience! Don’t leave your job over this, be confident in your skills and practice, you got this!
You are definitely not alone. When I first started giving injections I was a nervous wreck! Just look for the landmarks. You will never get over the nerves if you don’t continue to try to them! I even had some co workers at my office offer to let me practice on them and that helped. In my office, I don’t typically numb the doctor’s patients unless he is busy, but I numb for my SRPs. Like Kara said, be confident and tell yourself you know what you are doing and you will be fine!