I had to go to the dentist today, for the first time in 5 years. I always dread doing that since, for some reason, any of the regular anesthetics they use to numb the gums and teeth don’t work on me. Anything thats part of the “caine” groups of numbing chemicals (lidocaine, novocaine, etc), well I can’t even tell a difference. all my life, I thought it was just normal for those not to work well, and just grin and bore horrible pain to get my teeth cleaned and cavities filled. Hence, why I haven’t gone in 5 years.
When I told my doctor about my troubles “getting numb” she said something surprising: There’s probably a genetic component. Eureka, of course! She said that blonde haired, blue eyed, fair skinned people of Irish or Scandinavian descent have a much higher likelihood of having resistance to the “caine” family of anesthetics. I was like, check, check, check and check!
Has anyone else ever had this problem, or know what this dentist is talking about?
I really would love to know more about this gene and whether I possess some kind of receptor mutation, etc.