No one ever wants to hear the phrase, “You need a root canal,” but this procedure has an unnecessarily bad reputation. Root canals are performed to get you out of pain rather than put you in it. And, often times, root canals can save teeth from extraction. It’s common for patients to associate this procedure with discomfort, but modern technology has made root canals easier than ever. This is partially due to sedation, an additional treatment your dentist offers to help you stay completely relaxed while in the chair. Sedation could be just what you need to get out of pain without any stress. Read to see how it works!
But First, What is a Root Canal?
When you get a toothache, it’s often an infection that’s caused by poor oral hygiene. Lack of daily brushing and flossing can cause plaque and bacteria buildup that leads to decay and infected teeth. Your tooth may start hurting because the inner, more sensitive portion that contains tiny pain-sensing nerves is now damaged. To prevent this infection from spreading, and to save your tooth, a root canal must be performed to remove the damaged tissue.
First, your dentist will ensure that you’re completely numb and comfortable before beginning. Next, they will create a small access hole in your tooth before cleaning out any infected or damaged tissue. Then, they will fill your tooth with a biocompatible material called gutta percha. This material will help strengthen and support your tooth for chewing and biting. After, you’ll typically receive a dental crown that is placed on top of your tooth to fortify and protect it for the future.
So, Do You Need Sedation?
While the procedure may sound uncomfortable, the only pain that patients typically feel is slight soreness during the first few days after treatment. This can easily be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. However, for patients who are feeling anxious about their root canal, sedation can offer greater sense of relaxation.
Your dentist can provide three different sedation options depending on how anxious or fearful you are. These services can help with mild, moderate, and severe dental anxiety, allowing you to receive root canals without fear. While you won’t need sedation for pain, you may want it to help you feel cool, calm, and collected during the procedure. That’s why when it comes to sedation, it’s your personal preference. Whether you need it or not is completely up to you.
If you’ve been putting off this sedation because of fear or anxiety, sedation can finally help you get out of pain and start smiling once more!
Meet the Dentist
With over 25 years of experience, Dr. Richard A. Cea takes a conservative approach to dentistry, which means he saves teeth instead of extracting them whenever possible. He makes patient comfort his top priority, especially for those with dental anxiety. He currently practices at Springs Dental Care, and he can be reached through his website or by phone at (719) 637-1772 for any questions.