For many years, people have feared hearing the phrase “root canal.”  They have either heard a horror story from a family or friend or seen some portrayal of one on television.  The fact is that most of the stories they have heard or seen are really not true.

A root canal is not the cause of pain. Instead, the procedure is used to relieve the pain you have from a tooth that has become infected in the soft inner tissue of a tooth.  These infections can spread into the outer areas of the tooth and cause the tooth to become discolored.  If it goes untreated, it can affect the jaw and other tissues around the tooth.

Are They Painful?

Many people are concerned by the potential pain of a root canal procedure. You may be surprised to learn that modern day root canal therapy is usually painless and no more uncomfortable than having a filling placed.

Modern numbing and sedation techniques make the root canal process simple and easy for the patient.  Once profound numbness is achieved, an opening is created on the surface of the tooth.  Any decayed tissue or bacteria is then removed.  The nerve fibers and infection are then cleaned out from the root of the tooth.  A special filling material is then placed in the tooth along with some medications to soothe the area.

Once a root canal is done, a porcelain crown is placed to protect the tooth.  This crown is placed to provide more structural support.

Sedation For Your Root Canal

In our office, we offer sedation in order to help with the anxiety some people have about going to the dentist.  Most people are familiar with nitrous oxide or what more commonly known as “laughing gas.”  This is a simple method to help a person relax while in the chair for treatment.

The next form of sedation is what is commonly referred to as “conscience” sedation.  This is administered with a pill just before treatment.  While you are never fully asleep, most don’t remember what happened during the procedure.

IV sedation is the last form of sedation.  This is used in rare conditions and for more involved procedures, such as dental implants.

There really is no need to fear in the kind of treatment these days in the dental office.  We always go the extra mile to make sure that you are comfortable every step of the way.

If you do have questions, please feel free to speak with us and we will be glad to help.

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