Our expert says:
Sounds like the dentist really didin't handle this at all well ( and isn't there stuff like EMLA cream they can use to numb the mouth before giving an injection --- and couldn't he have aranged for sedation of the sort that had worked well before ? ). Such reactions may fade on their own, but if its been this strong for more than a couple of weeks, it'd be better to see a good shrink ( a psychologist, as meds are not needed ) for assessment and CBT type treatment, to help him unlearn this learned fear. It can usually be cleared up surprisingly soon
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