Sedation Dentistry For A Pain-Free Root CanalSeptember 21st, 2016
You wake up with a severe toothache. You were fine when you went to bed, but this seemed to come out of nowhere.
You know it’s bad, so you call the dentist to report what has happened. They ask you to come in that same day so they can examine your mouth.
At the office, you get the news that you didn’t want to hear.
“You need a root canal treatment,” the dentist tells you.
Let that sink in for a moment.
How would you feel? What concerns would come to mind?
Now imagine that you were at Ascension Premier Dental in Geismar, LA, where you knew that you could receive dental sedation.
Would that ease your mind?
Understanding Root Canal Treatments
Root canal treatments are an important and invaluable part of restorative dental care.
Unfortunately, misunderstandings cause many people to feel anxious when they find out they need a root canal, including patients who don’t normally have dental anxiety.
One of the biggest concerns is that a root canal treatment will hurt. The truth is that this treatment is intended to alleviate the pain that comes with an infected tooth.
When your tooth is infected, bacteria has reached the innermost part of the tooth. As a result, the soft connective tissue called pulp becomes inflamed.
This can cause increased sensitivity to hot, cold, and sweets. It also can lead to swelling of the soft tissues around the infected tooth, or it can cause the kind of sudden pain we described in the introduction.
We can relieve your pain by removing the infected tissue along with the nerves and blood vessels inside your tooth.
We don’t want you to be in pain any longer than you have to be, and we certainly don’t want to cause you additional pain. This is where our sedation dentistry options can help you.
Dental Sedation Options
We provide dental sedation for routine care to help patients who experience dental anxiety.
Sedation dentistry can help you relax, and it will have an analgesic effect. You can feel confident that you won’t feel any pain as a result of your treatment, including a root canal procedure.
We offer three kinds of sedation dentistry at our practice. One of them may be perfect for you.
☐ IV Sedation — This is the strongest form of sedation that we offer, and we are the only dentist office in the Geismar, LA, area that offers IV sedation dentistry.
Our staff has gone through the training, certification, and licensing so we can provide IV sedation for any patient who is interested in receiving it. With IV sedation, we can create a sleep-like state, so you will not feel anything during your dental procedure.
The effects of IV sedation can last for a few hours after your root canal treatment is over. You must make arrangements for a family member or friend to drive you home if you do receive IV sedation.
☐ Oral Conscious Sedation — This is our middle level of sedation. With oral sedation, you will take a pill prior to your procedure.
After the medication has taken effect, we will begin the root canal treatment. You will remain calm and comfortable as a result of taking the medicine, and you won’t have to worry about feeling any pain.
Many patients feel groggy or drowsy after taking the medicine. Some even fall asleep.
As with IV sedation, you should find a family member or friend to bring you to and from our office.
☐ Nitrous Oxide Sedation — You may know nitrous oxide by another name. “Laughing gas” has actually been used by dentists for its pain-relieving properties for more than 150 years. Today, you will benefit from all those years of collective wisdom to delivery this as effectively as possible.
This is the fastest-acting form of sedation. All you have to do is breathe.
We will deliver the nitrous oxide through a mask. You will feel its effects within minutes of inhaling the gas. It will give you a euphoric feeling while keeping you calm and pain-free.
When your root canal treatment is over, we will turn off the gas. You will exhale the remaining gas, and you’ll be feeling like yourself again in a matter of minutes.
Easy Root Canals With Sedation Dentistry
We hope you never need a root canal treatment. However, if one of your teeth does become infected, then we encourage you to call our dentist if you live in or near Geismar, LA.