Scared Of Your Root Canal? Here's How To Make It Easier

If you have a fear of dentists, have had a previous root canal that was a bad experience or are otherwise really scared about your upcoming root canal, you could be in a panic. A lot of people worry about root canals, but it doesn't have to be a big deal. Taking these steps can make the process a whole lot easier, and you'll probably end up wondering why you didn't take care of this dental issue sooner.

Choose the Right Dental Professional

One of the main things that will have an impact on the process of your root canal is the dental professional who you choose for the procedure. One good option is to skip the regular dentist's office and see about endodontics in your area instead. An endodontist specializes in dental pulp and things like root canals and may be more experienced than your general dentist, which can lead to a more pleasant experience.

Consider Sedation

In most cases, sedation is not used for root canals. However, many dentists will be more than happy to sedate you during the process if you are willing to pay a little extra and if you are otherwise a good candidate for sedation. This can be worth the extra cost if you are particularly scared of your root canal and want to make it as easy as possible.

Follow the Dentist's Tips

Your dentist will give you basic tips to follow before your treatment, such as avoiding alcohol. It might be tempting to have a drink or two to calm your nerves before you have this procedure done -- particularly if you are feeling nervous and frightened about it -- but it's not a good idea. It can actually affect your medication, can cause you to bleed more and can otherwise make the experience much more unpleasant. Your dentist gives you advice to follow before your treatment for a reason, and following his or her advice can help make your root canal a lot easier. Luckily, your dentist will also give you aftercare tips that can help make the recovery process as easy for you as possible.

It can be scary to have to go to the dentist, especially if you are having something scary like a root canal done. However, a root canal does not have to be the bad experience that you think it is, so follow these tips if you want to ease your fears and make it a lot easier.