I’m Nervous About My Upcoming Root Canal

For many people, the words “root canal” are synonymous with pain, even when they’re not sure why. Estimates suggest that about one-quarter of all people have anxiety or even phobia about dental visits. Those nervous about facing root canal therapy are likely more common. 

It’s okay to feel nervous about root canals and dental work in general as long as it doesn’t keep you from regular dental care. Skipping the dentist over the worry of dental pain usually ensures you’re going to suffer even more down the road. 

Smile Country Dental approaches all oral care services in an open and relaxed way to create an environment that helps to banish nerves. They encourage your involvement in dental care, making sure you understand the work you need. Knowing more about your treatment makes it easier to relax.

Here are some reasons why there’s nothing to worry about if you require root canal therapy. 

Endodontic therapy

A root canal procedure is endodontic, literally, “inside the tooth.” It’s necessary when the soft dental pulp tissue in the hollow center of a tooth’s root -- the root canal -- becomes compromised or infected. 

As your teeth develop, the pulp is essential for providing nourishment and support necessary for growth. Once a tooth is mature, though, it can survive with the tissues that surround it, and the pulp can be sacrificed to ensure the future health of the tooth. That’s where root canal therapy comes in. 

The root canal procedure

If you can handle having a cavity filled but you’re nervous about a root canal, there’s good news. The procedures have much in common, including anesthetics that prevent any procedural pain. An access hole is made, similar to the way a decaying section of a tooth is prepared for filling. 

The compromised pulp is removed through this hole and the root canal is cleaned and prepared to receive a filling made from a rubbery substance before the access hole is sealed. Since there are extra steps, a root canal usually takes longer than a filling, but there’s otherwise not much different from your perspective. You may have more pain from the tooth injury itself. The root canal relieves that, rather than adding to it. 

Coping with nerves

Sometimes, there’s simply nothing rational about anxiety, and you’ll still be extremely nervous. You may be a candidate for sedation dentistry, which goes beyond regular anesthetic and uses approaches that suppress uncontrolled anxiety. Smile Country Dental is a sedation dentistry specialist. You can discuss your options for sedated root canal therapy with them ahead of your procedure. 

If you just need a little help over the nervousness hump, there’s a free online service called Dental Fear Central that provides support for nervous patients. You can find out more about common fears and coping tips on their website. 

Contact Smile Country Dental at the most convenient of their offices, by phone or online, to schedule a consultation ahead of your root canal. You deserve top-line support and oral care that meets your needs. Book your appointment now. 

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