Root canals have gotten a bad rap, but they are actually a safe, common procedure that can save you from a whole lot of pain — and even save your tooth. Root canals are performed when the soft tissue inside your tooth becomes infected or inflamed, whether due to a crack or chip, a deep cavity, or another type of dental injury. If you don’t get proper treatment, the infection can spread, causing pain, swelling, and damage to your bone. It could also mean that your tooth needs to be removed. With root canal therapy, we can help you find relief and preserve your natural tooth.
What to Expect at Your Root Canal Visit
When you arrive for your root canal visit, we will first walk you through the entire procedure. To begin the treatment, we numb the area and remove the infected pulp from inside the tooth. We will then fill and seal the root canal. Finally, we will restore the tooth with either a dental crown or a filling. This last step strengthens the tooth and gives it back full function and a natural-looking appearance.
Sedation Options for Root Canals
You may be concerned about root canals being painful, but it’s important to know that with modern advancements in dentistry and gentle sedation techniques, many patients don’t experience discomfort. Our goal with a root canal is to actually relieve you of pain by keeping your tooth healthy.
At Riverstone Dental Care, we offer a variety of sedation options. With IV sedation, you will enter a state of deep relaxation. Many patients are so relaxed that they do not even remember anything about their procedure. IV sedation is also fast-acting, and we can adjust the level of sedation through the procedure to keep you completely comfortable. With oral conscious sedation, you will take a pill around two hours before your appointment. By the time of your procedure, you will feel calm, but you will remain conscious and able to respond to the dentist. With nitrous oxide (also known as laughing gas), you will inhale the sedative agent through a small mask fitted over your nose. In just a few minutes, you’ll feel at ease but still awake and able to converse with the dentist. We are happy to discuss which sedation option is right for you!