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FAQ:  Novocaine

Novocaine policy: I was recently at a dentist to get a filling fixed. This was a completely new dental office/dentist for me.

After injecting the novocaine in my gums, I was left completely alone for 30 minutes. I ended up having an anxiety attack and was refused further treatment altogether.

What or is there a universal policy not to leave patients unattended after injection for such lengthy periods of time? If so is there a way to report this? ...Visitor from PA

Leaving a patient alone for a few minutes after an injection is a fairly common practice for inducing a relaxed environment while the medication becomes effective.

Each state has a well defined set of rules for practicing dentistry. Contact your state dental board for more assistance.

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