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Shaking while giving injections

I’ve been out of school now for a year and a half and STILL shake while giving injections. I’m confident about where to place the anesthetic but whenever I pick up that syringe, I shake like a leaf! I have watched countless YouTube videos on how to reduce shaking while giving injections, try to fulcrum on my retraction finger, and I still have a tough time. In school I was very nervous giving injections but just chalked it up to being “new” at it…. but I feel like after a year and a half I shouldn’t be so nervous anymore. Personally, I don’t have a fear of receiving injections but giving them freaks me out. I’ve even thought about changing professions because of this. Any advice?



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Everyone is different. For some, a few months in is enough to calm nerves, but for others, it may take longer. The more injections you give, the more comfortable you will be. I worked for a doctor right out of hygiene school that asked me to do injections for him almost daily, and now, I’m totally comfortable. Mind you, I’ve been known to pass out when having my own blood taken!
 
Perhaps you could ask your doctor(s) if you could do injections for them (if this is legal in your state) to help give you more practice and fight your nerves. I realize that “just doing it more and practicing” isn’t what you necessarily want to hear, but from my experience, that’s what made me comfortable.
 
Here is a link to another question similar to yours, if you want to check it out:
 
http://www.dentalhygieneanswers.com/is-it-normal-to-be-nervous-to-give-injections/

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Kara has great advice. Whenever I am afraid of learning or performing a new product or new technique I start doing it immediately. That is a valuable trait for a hygienist. You have to do it anyway…

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