You have been looking forward to seeing this movie for a while. You’ve got your ticket and some snacks to munch on, too.
When they preview start, you toss some popcorn in your mouth and take a bite. But something does feel right. You bit into an unpopped kernel. It’s not the first time you’ve done that, but this time it felt different.
As the movie begins, you notice that your tooth is beginning to hurt. By the end of the film, you don’t remember much of what has happened, but you know you need to do something about your mouth.
Save Your Tooth & Stop Your Pain
Many people develop dental anxiety at the thought of having a root canal treatment. (Trust us, we’ve seen the looks on our patients’ faces when we first mention this.)
This is an understandable reaction. The way this treatment is discussed, you might think it was worse than having an infected tooth. Many people are so worried that getting a root canal will continue to suffer from a tooth infection far longer than they should. When the pain finally gets to be too great, they’ll make an appointment. In some cases, the tooth becomes so damaged that it can’t be saved.
The reality is that many fears of about removing this infection are rooted (no pun intended) in misunderstandings about the procedure. They also may ignore some of the advances in modern dental care that make it possible to fix your tooth painlessly.
Choose The Pain-Free Approach
By deciding to get your root canal procedure at Blankenship Family Dentistry, you are choosing a painless approach to fixing your tooth.
Tooth infections develop when bacteria reach the soft tissue at the center of a tooth called pulp. This causes the pulp to become inflamed. This also can put pressure on nerves inside your tooth, which is why your tooth can be more sensitive to heat and cold, can hurt when you bite and chew, and can feel sore at any time. A root canal is how we remove the infected tissue. This also sets the stage to restore the tooth with a dental crown.
To keep you from feeling pain during your procedure, we offer local anesthetic as well as oral conscious sedation. By taking a dose of medication prior to your appointment, you will feel relaxed and at ease when it’s time for you to take your set in one of our dental chairs. While are you are sedated you won’t feel any pain, which will make your treatment much easier to handle.
You should be aware that the effects of the medication can last for a few hours, so you should arrange for someone else to bring you to and from our office on the day of your appointment.