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Good buzzwords for LA?

What are common buzzwords and phrases you like to use when administering LA to a patient? I always like hearing new tips and tricks to make it easier on my patients!



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Yes, I do the same as mentioned above. Also if I’m numbing for the doctor, I introduce myself and tell them what area the doctor is going to be working on that day (UL, LL etc.) Sometimes they don’t remember or think it’s supposed to be a different tooth. I hope it eases their mind knowing that I’m prepared and knowledgeable about the schedule especially since I just pop in to anesthetize. I also say “little poke” when I penetrate their tissue so they aren’t surprised by the pinch. Some fearful patients don’t want to know ANYTHING so you have to gauge the patient or ask. While administering, I tell teenagers and adults to “wiggle your toes if you need to”. This makes them focus on something other than what you’re doing. In addition, I feel a majority of patients think their tongue and lower lip are ALWAYS going to be anesthetized even if it’s just an upper tooth. Because of this, I reassure them that the top teeth are so much easier to get numb and try and make them feel like the injection will be a piece of cake.

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Sort of boring but I tend to just say that I’m going to get them numb. I don’t use the word shot or needle or anything to make them apprehensive. The other thing I do is explain what they will be feeling; the anesthetic (epi) is acidic like lemon juice which can have a burning feeling so I’m going to go really slow to keep it as comfortable as possible. While I’m pushing the anesthetic, I remind them again that I’m going really slow and tell them how awesome they are doing. I recently had a MRI with contrast injected into my shoulder and was quickly reminded that it was the anticipation of pain that really stressed me out – same goes for dental injections (I will also add that I would take dental injections over that any day!). For the little ones, I tell them that I’m going to make their tooth sleepy. I really go crazy with telling them how great they did and give them high-fives or fist pumps (teenagers) when finished. When patients tell me that they are afraid of needles, I try to relate and tell them how I have passed out having blood drawn before (true story) to show them compassion and understanding. They tend to laugh at me because I can give injections but cannot receive and it gets their mind of things and shows they are by no means alone. Basically, I take my time and remind myself what it was like to be a patient before I was a hygienist and try to treat them and explain things just like I would like for myself.

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I agree and do the same as Kara. I also continue to remind them to take steady breaths through their nose as I’m administering the anesthesia, pt’s often start to hold their breath. I definitely don’t use needle or shot as this gives them more anxiety.

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