The idea of a root canal procedure causes anxiety in many people. However, a root canal is usually the best way to preserve a seriously damaged or decayed tooth. If you are anxious about your endodontic work, ask your endodontist about relaxation techniques or sedation dentistry.
Relaxing During Dental Work
If you’re tense or anxious during dental work, it can make the time spent in the dentist’s chair unpleasant. Since a root canal procedure tends to take a bit longer than other treatments, you might even find yourself more anxious about visiting an endodontist. However, there are many things you can do to remain more relaxed and calm while you’re having your teeth worked on.
Some methods that work well for relaxation during dental work—including root canals—are:
- Meditation techniques
- Breathing techniques
- Listening to music
It can also help to know what the procedure entails and how long it’s expected to last ahead of time so you aren’t caught off guard by any elements of the work. On the other hand, you might be more comfortable if you only know how long to expect to be in the chair rather than knowing the details. Take your own personality and reactions into account before deciding upon the best course of action.
Using Sedation Dentistry
Another option to combat dental anxiety is sedation dentistry. This technique makes use of a mild sedative to allow you to relax completely during your root canal. You can take a sedative pill before your appointment or receive nitrous oxide during the root canal. With sedation, you’ll feel as if you are in a dreamlike state. Many patients report that time seems to pass more quickly, so even a longer procedure will seem to be finished quickly. If sedation seems like a good solution for you, ask your endodontist about the procedure. If you use a sedative in pill form, you’ll need someone to pick you up after your appointment, as you will not be able to drive while the sedative wears off.
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