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Is it normal to be nervous to give injections?

I have been a RDH for just over a year now, and I still am nervous to give injections, is this normal? I have been successful getting my patients numb but am still nervous when I see NSPT or SRP on my schedule. As RDH when did you start to feel really comfortable with these procedures?



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The first 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 20-30 patients per day – multiple injections per patient. Needless to say, I am extremely comfortable giving injections now! 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! 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 books once in a while, especially if they came with a CD. Be confident in your skills, you got this!

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Keep current on your techniques, make sure you have checked all the boxes, ie; MHX and which anesth. and sharp to use. Double check which tooth/teeth are to be worked on and take a deep breath. It will get easier, the comfort level will grow. 🙂

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I agree with Sue. The more you do it the easier it becomes and more confident you’ll feel. I give a lot of injections for Dr’s procedures and that seemed to help me get more comfortable with anesthesia. I was nervous right out of school but I had to just get through it and it became easier.

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Whatever you do, don’t be like me! I shied away from it and as a result, have only done it a handful of times and now I just plain old never do it! It’s quite a shame because I feel I’ve lost my skills and would need to take a refresher course before doing it again.

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I can give infiltrations all day, but when it come to IALB (since I’m terrified getting it) I hate giving it! I can do it…..I just hate it myself. Most patients do not want injections so I do use a lot of Oraqix. It works very well!! It’s like anything…..it will become routine one day.

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In NY we can only give infiltration and for our own patients only. But practice makes it easier to do for sure. In my current office, we have implemented a new perio program, so more SRPs. I don’t mind it at all now. But ask me to do N2O-forget it! 10 years since I got certified and I have never used it. And would prefer not to, but I know it will happen eventually.

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