Preparing for My Root Canal Appointment
November 25, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures

Root canal treatment offered by your Martinez, GA, dentists, Dr. Alan, and Dr. Eliza Myers of Myers Family Dental, helps you avoid tooth loss and ends your pain. Keeping these things in mind will help you ensure that you're ready for your root canal.

Talk to your dentist about pain control

If you've heard jokes that portray root canal therapy as an extremely painful experience, you're probably understandably concerned about your comfort during the procedure. Fortunately, the jokes simply aren't true.

Your comfort is extremely important to your dentist. Before the procedure begins, you'll receive a local anesthetic that will numb your mouth and prevent you from feeling any pain. If you're feeling a little nervous, your dentist can talk to you about sedation dentistry options that will keep you calm and relaxed during the therapy.

Don't skip a meal

Eat breakfast or lunch before you arrive for your appointment, particularly if you tend to feel lightheaded if you skip meals. Your mouth will remain numb for a few hours after your appointment. If you try to eat too soon, you may bite your lips or cheeks without realizing it.

Don't drink alcohol or smoke before your procedure

Alcohol and tobacco can interfere with the anesthetic and decrease its effectiveness. Smoking may also slow healing, while alcohol use can increase bleeding. It's a good idea to avoid drinking or smoking a few days before your root canal.

Tell your dentist about the medications you're taking

Let your dentist know every type of medication you take, including over-the-counter, natural, and prescription medications. Although you'll probably be able to continue to take your medications, some might increase bleeding. Your dentist will tell you if you should stop taking any drugs before your procedure.

Get plenty of rest

Try to get to bed at a reasonable time the night before your root canal. If you arrive at the Augusta or Martinez dental office rested, you'll be well-prepared for the therapy.

Are you concerned about a toothache or another oral health issue? Drs. Alan and Eliza Myers, your dentists in Augusta and Martinez, GA, can diagnose the source of your pain and offer root canal therapy and other treatments.

Call Myers Family Dental at (706) 738-7742 to schedule an appointment.