Getting a root canal is perhaps one of the most dreaded thoughts anyone of us can have. Apart from the perception that going to the dentist can be fearsome, undergoing a procedure like a root canal that is thought to be excruciatingly painful is also considered some kind of a nightmare. Well, you have to remember though that a root canal is necessary and is recommended for different reasons. Add to that, you also have to be informed that painless methods are now available. With these in mind, what you should do next is to get yourself ready for a root canal.
Consult your dentist
One way by which you can erase your fears regarding the process is to consult your dentist. He can explain about why the process is necessary at the same time, he will walk you to every step of the way thus letting you understand what it is to expect from undergoing one. You can raise all your concerns regarding the procedure including questions on what will happen after you have had it. You can even discuss about the terms of payment available at your end.
Share your fears with your dentist
Part of your heart-to-heart talk with your dentist is the dental phobias or fears you have. You should be able to open up about such fears making sure that you say the probable cause of that fear that has lived within you for years. When discussing such fears with them, your dentist will understand very well about how you can go about the treatment with lesser hassles or fears. Take this as the time to ask about sedation options to lessen your worries regarding the procedure.
Ask about medications that you need to take
These medications should include those that should be avoided before and after undergoing a root canal. Prescription medicines containing blood thinners are basically scratched off the list of must-haves. But of course, that will still depend on what your dentist may advise at the moment. You may also be advised to take in some pain reliever like ibuprofen before going under the process as this one will help alleviate any discomfort or pain you might feel when undergoing a root canal.
Take note of other do’s and don’ts
Your dentist may prohibit you from doing a couple of things once you have a root canal. It pays to know what these are and discuss these to them during your visit. You should not eat or even drink anything 8 hours prior to undergoing the treatment. You can eat at least an hour before you have the procedure though if you opt to go for local anesthesia. You should remember to clean your teeth before the process. Smoking or drinking 12 hours before a root canal is highly prohibited. Likewise, you should not smoke or drink within a day after the treatment.
Take precautions after the procedure
This treatment may typically disallow you to do the usual stuff you have been used to like driving yourself home after the process. In this case, it would be good to arrange for someone to take you home once the root canal has been finished. To ease out the discomfort you may feel after, it would be good to prepare comfortable clothes to wear. It is your task to follow all other post-procedure instructions as disposed of by your dentist.
There are indeed a lot of things to prepare for when you have finally decided to undergo a root canal. Knowing them will prepare you for the process. If you want to lessen the burden and pain that comes with the treatment, it would be good to consider asking our help for that much-awaited dental procedure.