Root Canal Procedure
Dental pain from an infection is bad enough, but for some people, the anxiety about an upcoming root canal treatment can be even worse. At Fife Dental Care in Rio Rancho, NM, we do everything we can to minimize the stress and discomfort of the root canal, including providing instructions on how you can contribute to an
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What to Expect during the Root Canal Procedure
A lot of anxiety comes from facing the unknown, so knowing what to expect may help you relax.
On the day of the root canal procedure, we will help you get comfortably situated, and you will be given numbing agents around the affected tooth. These numbing agents are strong enough to dull any painful sensations; however, you may still feel pressure of instruments against your gums, cheek and tongue.
The root canal procedure usually takes between one and two hours, but the effect of the numbing agents will last for a few hours after the root canal procedure. As the effect wears off, you may feel throbbing and dull pain. Dr. Fife may prescribe a mild painkiller to minimize discomfort during recovery, but pain can usually be alleviated with a cold compress applied to the cheek and/or OTC pain relievers.
Preparing for Your Root Canal Procedure
A root canal is necessary when infection has spread to the pulp and nerve of the tooth. In some cases, antibiotics may be necessary before the procedure to control the infection. If Dr. Fife has prescribed antibiotics, please take them as directed leading up to your root canal procedure.
If you have elected to have oral conscious sedation for your root canal therapy, also follow any medication dosing directions Dr. Fife provided before your appointment. Additional doses may be administered once you arrive for your procedure. If you are receiving oral conscious sedation, make sure to have someone ready to drive you home after your root canal procedure is finished.
How Can We Help You?
At Fife Dental Care, we know that a root canal procedure can be scary. We want to know how we can best help you overcome any fears and effectively manage pain. If you have questions about your procedure, please feel free to contact us to ask.