Panic should not be one of the elements of preparing for your root canal procedure! You may have heard stories that it’s a painful and difficult experience, but that is not really true. Root canal therapy actually relieves pain instead of causing it. With advancements in dental technology, treatment is easier than ever before.
To prepare for your procedure, there are some steps you can take so that it goes as smoothly as possible. First, make sure that it’s the right treatment for your tooth. Don’t wait to schedule an appointment with your dentist to have all of the right diagnostic tests performed to ensure root canal treatment is warranted. If you feel uncomfortable with the dentist for any reason, go see a different dentist or endodontist (a specialist in root canal treatment) so that you have complete comfort and confidence about your treatment plan and provider.
Once you’re sure about how to proceed, make a convenient appointment for your root canal therapy. Ask about the procedure, anesthesia, recovery instructions, and any other questions you have. Make sure you understand the complete process so you won’t have any surprises.
Get a good night’s rest the night before, and take any medications that your dentist prescribes prior to the procedure for reasons like preventing infection and decreasing swelling. Wear comfortable clothing and arrange for a friend to drive you to and from the procedure if your dentist recommends it or if it will simply make you feel more at ease.
After your procedure, plan to relax at home for the rest of the day and possibly longer depending on your specific procedure. Taking a little extra time off to heal will allow you to remain stress-free so that you can bounce back to your normal routine soon. Your oral health will be restored and you’ll be able to smile once again.