The idea of root canal treatment causes anxiety in many patients. This treatment can be performed under a local anesthetic. However, because of anxiety and because of the fact that root canal procedures can take longer than regular fillings, many people prefer to use sedation as well. If you would feel more comfortable with sedation, be sure to discuss this with your endodontist.
How Can Sedation Help During My Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment is a procedure performed by an endodontist to remove infection from the interior of the tooth. Often this procedure is the only way to save a tooth that has been severely damaged or that has suffered from deep decay. The actual procedure is not that much different from a dental filling. It can take longer than a filling, however, because more of the tooth must be removed. If you experience dental anxiety, or are particularly anxious about a root canal in particular, sedation can help you relax during your procedure.
Sedation is not the same as general anesthetic. You will not be unconscious, but you will feel as if you are in a dreamlike state. While you are sedated, you will be awake and able to respond to questions or instructions given by your dentist or endodontist. Time will seem to move more quickly than normal, and you will be completely free of any stress or discomfort.
Choosing Sedation for My Root Canal Procedure
If you feel that sedation is the best choice for you, discuss this with your endodontist. He will talk to you about your reasons for wanting sedation and what approach to sedation will work best for you. There are three main types of dental sedation:
- Oral sedation using a pill
- Nitrous oxide
- Intravenous sedation
You and your endodontist can decide what approach will work best for you depending upon your preference, your overall health, and the preference of your dentist. If you choose to be sedated during your procedure, you should be sure to have someone drive you to your appointment and back home, as you might still be groggy after your root canal is completed.
If you have more specific questions, call our caring team at Access Endodontics!