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Practice Limited to Microscopic Endodontics

Before Endodontic Treatment

 In order to make you feel at ease and understand what will take place, a consultation is recommended prior to proceeding with dental treatment.

This procedure will be performed using local anesthesia. There are usually no restrictions after the procedure concerning driving or returning to work. A doctor is available at all times should a problem arise after your treatment.

Here are a few easy steps to make your Root Canal as painless as possible.

1. Get Plenty of Rest:  More often than not the patient is more nervous than they should be. With technological advancement in the execution of Root Canal Therapy, the stereotypes are just that, stereotypes. A sleepless night before your procedure will just lead to more anxiety and irritability.

2. Take an over the counter pain medication:  A simple Ibuprofen (Advil) or naproxen sodium (Aleve) can help reduce inflammation and ease the soreness and discomfort as the anesthesia wears off. We recommend 2 tablets of either medication, 2 - 4 hours before endodontic therapy. The pain following a Root Canal usually only merits an over the counter remedy. It’s not as painful as they say!

3.  Eat Something:  Please eat a full breakfast or lunch as applicable. You will be in the dentist chair for a period of time. After your procedure, your mouth will be numb and you are encouraged to only eat on one side of your mouth. It is best to have a meal before treatment, to counteract the nausea that can accompany anesthesia as well as avoid eating while your mouth is numb.

4.  Relax! Root Canals are one of the most notoriously feared procedures, but for no particular reason. Especially with all the advancements being made in the field, the last thing you should be worrying about is pain. The procedure is meant to relieve the pain you have been experiencing with your infected tooth. So take a deep breath and look forward to feeling much better in the long run.

Pre-medication:  Please make sure you are on the appropriate antibiotic medication on the day of your appointment, if you have been advised by your physician or dentist to use antibiotic premedication due to mitral valve prolapse (MVP), heart murmur, hip, knee, cardiac or other prosthesis, or if you have rheumatic heart disease.

Continue all medications for blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid problems and any other conditions as recommended by your physician. If there is a question, please call our office prior to your appointment.