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The Stress-Free Root Canal – Is it Really Possible?

April 11, 2014
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Posted By: Dr. Cassidy Bray
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Let’s talk about root canals. We bet your first thought is, “Let’s not.” Yes, we know that root canals have a terrible reputation, but are they really all that bad? Considering that modern dentistry has brought us lots of improvements, is it possible that a root canal might actually be considered “stress free?”

Absolutely! We certainly understand that this can be a challenging concept to consider. And let us start by saying that, for many people, deep-seated anxiety about root canals is not a joking matter. But we’re here to tell you that the professional team at Deep River Dentistry combines the most advanced techniques with compassion and understanding to deliver a truly stress-free root canal experience.

Why do I need a root canal anyway?

We’re glad you asked, because we believe that the key to reducing your stress is education about the procedure. Simply put, root canal therapy is essential for saving your tooth if it’s been damaged by decay, disease, or trauma.

If you’ve ever experienced the symptom of a root canal infection, you know that it can be a bit “uncomfortable.” This fact alone may lead you to believe that correcting the problem will be equally unpleasant. In reality, the process will provide relief by eliminating the source of the pain and, most importantly, save your tooth.

How can a root canal possibly be stress-free?

The important thing to remember when approaching root canal treatment at Deep River Dentistry is that Dr. Bray and our team are completely sensitive to your apprehension and anxiety. We are here to provide support and encouragement from the moment you arrive at our office. We know that when you’re relaxed and comfortable, treatment is easy and efficient.

If the situation permits, we will spend a little time talking to you about the root canal procedure so that you understand what we’re doing and why it’s necessary. Of course, providing relief is our first priority, and if you’re in pain, you’re probably not in the mood for conversation anyway.

Sedation is your Friend

Back in the day, there were not many options for reliable, effective sedation. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers us sedation methods that are safe and efficient. Since everyone has different levels of anxiety, we can tailor sedation to fit your specific needs.

Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is a very gentle, yet effective, type of sedation that works very well for most people, and may be enough to get you through the procedure. Once we numb the area to be treated, you won’t actually feel anything anyway, but the nitrous will calm your nerves. It won’t knock you out or put you to sleep - you will just drift peacefully into a very relaxed state.

Depending on your needs we can combine other forms of sedation to help you stay calm before and during the procedure. Dr. Bray has lots of experience with managing patient anxiety and will determine the level of sedation that will work best for you.

Don’t Put Off Treatment – Call Us Today!

The worst thing you can do is to risk losing your tooth by letting anxiety and panic prevent you from picking up the phone and making an appointment. Please call us so we can show you that a stress-free root canal really is possible!

 

 

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