How to Prepare for a Root Canal

man holding his cheek gets ready for root canal therapy

So your root canal appointment is fast approaching and you’re wondering what exactly you can do to prepare. First things first: Relax. We know it’s easier said than done but root canals aren’t something you have to fear or worry about. The treatment has received a particularly bad rap over the years, but modern root canal therapy is a simple, standard procedure that’s designed to alleviate your tooth pain, not cause it. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, here are some ways you can prepare for a root canal.

Discuss Sedation or No Sedation

Root canal treatment can be performed using local anesthetic, but some patients may prefer to get dental sedation too to ease their anxiety. You should discuss with your dentist about what your options are since there are a variety of sedation techniques out there including nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation. Then you can make a decision about whether or not you want something on the day of your procedure.

Make Sure You Know What to Do Post-Procedure

After you’ve received a root canal, you won’t have a bunch of complicated instructions to follow but your dentist will give you some general guidelines to help with your recovery. For example, they may recommend you use a cold compress to manage any possible discomfort or swelling in the hours after the procedure. They’ll also tell what foods are good or not for you to eat so you don’t disturb the treatment area. When you know all of these, you can do a store run to get anything you don’t already have at home so you’ll be all set after your appointment.

Root Canal Therapy at Jones Creek Family Dentistry

Have more questions about root canal therapy? Or maybe you think you need to book a root canal treatment? Contact Jones Creek Family Dentistry today and we’ll get you sorted! As our practice in Baton Rouge provides comprehensive family dentistry, we’re also here for any other dental needs that might come up.

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