Unfortunately, the most popular belief about root canals is simply not true. It is common for root canals to be associated with pain and misery. However, the truth is that root canals are no more uncomfortable than any other type of dental procedures, such as a filling, crown or bridge. When getting a root canal, your mouth is anesthetized, or numbed, at the very beginning. This prevents nerve stimulation and eliminates any feeling of pain from rest of the procedure.
Although root canals are not painful, the procedure itself can be a lengthy one. Patients of course need to keep their mouth open for a long period of time, which can cause some jaw soreness and discomfort. Most dentists, however, use a small prop to keep your jaws fully open to allow you to relax your muscles around your mouth.
If the extended appointment time is just too much for you to handle, there is a way to completely eliminate all discomfort from a root canal and make the procedure go by much faster. Ask your dentist about sedation dentistry options. Using nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, can help you remain in a comfortable and relaxed state with the ability to still move, talk and be aware of your surroundings. Other sedation dentistry options can let you sleep right through your dental procedure if that is what you prefer.
Keep in mind that the reason you were asked to get a root canal is because you have a dying or infected tooth. Putting off this procedure or neglecting it entirely can cause extreme pain and discomfort or result in tooth loss. Instead, discuss your root canal treatment with your dentist and put a plan in place that will ensure your procedure is carried out to your optimal comfort level. The dentists of Group Health Dental are known for delivering top quality dental care in the most relaxing and convenient way possible.