tongue piercing and anesthetic

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Monday May 26th, 2008 @ 12:59 AM

Filed under: Tongue

So I’m a big whimp. I really want a tongue piercing but I’m super not good with pain. I’m a bit of a schemer, however, and I am thinking of pairing my upcoming cavity filling session at the dentist with a trip immediately after to the piercing parlor.

My question: Are there dangers associated with getting my tongue pierced while it is numb from dental anesthetic? I”m aware that it will hurt after - i’m more concerned about the pain during the piercing. Can’t find anything online that addresses this. I don’t really know why there would be a danger but I want to be sure. Am I being a big baby about this piercing thing? How bad is the actual piercing moment (mind you I have a LOW pain threshhold). My other thought is to get drunk and then get pierced but I”ve heard that this is a bad idea. :)

Thanks in advance for your time!

“Am I being a big baby about this piercing thing?”

So, I guess I’d stop short (just barely) of calling you a baby (hey, you asked), but I would say that you’re making a way bigger deal out of it than is necessary. Being nervous about the pain of any piercing is perfectly normal. However, when it comes down to it, the pain of most piercings is pretty minimal…and even if it does hurt a bit, the pain won’t last very long as the piercing is VERY fast.

Definitely don’t get it done while you are drunk. There are lots of reasons…but just don’t.

There probably aren’t going to be any serious side effects to having it done after you get your filling done. However, there is no guarantee that will have an affect. Having had various fillings myself, just how numb I’ve ended up being is different almost every time…anywhere from no numbness of my tongue to quite a bit. Even when my tongue has ended up being numb, however, it’s almost always just one side of my tongue, no the whole thing. Since the piercing is going to be done in the middle of your tongue, the anesthetic probably won’t do much, if any, good.

Also, if your tongue is numb, you may not be able to control it well, keeping you from manipulating it the way the piercer needs you to. Another consideration is that if your tongue is numb enough for you to not feel it, it’s likely going to affect your speech, which your piercer will likely notice. If they figure out you are trying ot be sneaky with your numb tongue, you may well end up with a piercer who won’t do your piercing.

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3 Responses to “tongue piercing and anesthetic”

  1. not to mention the drooling that sometimes occurs with post-dental work hahaha

    Warren Hiller on May 26th, 2008 at 2:02 am
  2. Hi,
    I agree with Derek.
    Its not a big deal, its not as painful as you think, believe me.Is normal to feel anxious and nervous i did with my first piercing, but it gets easier as you tend to know what to expect
    Is this your first piercing?
    I had a labret piercing my first 10 weeks ago , since then both nipples 10 days ago and the pain factor was basically the same for both piercings.
    You dont need to be numb, the piercing is so quick just a short pain and its done, you wont regret it.
    It will be all over in less than a minute! Its so worth it, i love my piercings and cant wait to get more it gets easier as you go on, that my experience anyway.
    Good luck and just do it, you will be fine.
    PIPA X

    pipa on May 26th, 2008 at 8:49 am
  3. Don’t worry! My tongue piercing was less uncomfortable then anything my dentist ever done to me (which isn’t much anyway).

    eternalsunshine on June 3rd, 2008 at 8:16 pm

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