First up - I wasn't sure if I needed a needle but I did! OMG. It was a little bit painful but bearable. 2 fillings later and one side of my face is numb.
The anaesthetic takes about 4 hours before starting to wear off and I'm not supposed to have any hot drinks. This is my attempt to smile without feeling all the muscles in my jaw!
Finally, the cost per filling is $143 and my health insurance (BUPA) covers $114.80 (item no 531). Out of pocket cost is $56.40 which is reasonable and my purse doesn't feel too numb ... need to go back for another 2 fillings later.