From the moment your dentist mentions root canal you may start to panic. You have heard from both friends and family that this is a tough procedure filled with all sorts of trauma and pain. While these stories are being told, it is important for you to remember that people come in to have this procedure done in order to alleviate pain, not create more pain. And with today’s technology, the experience is easier than ever. Consider preparing yourself for the procedure physically as well as mentally.
Your first step to preparing for a root canal is finding out whether or not you really need one. Set up an appointment with your dentist to have the tooth tested. He or she will probably perform various tests and take x-rays to make sure that the procedure is truly warranted. Go ahead and schedule the appointment for a time that works for you if this is the case.
The dentist will ask you to take medication both before the procedure and after. Make sure that you follow all directions. These medications are meant to decrease the inflammation in the area and prevent infection. It is also a good idea to avoid alcohol as well as any other medications unless your dentist okays them. Get a good night’s sleep the evening before the appointment.
On the day of the appointment, wear comfortable clothes and skip over any makeup that you might usually wear. These things are unnecessary and the last things you want or need are any distractions that may make your day more complicated.
If you have concerns about the root canal appointment, you may want to arrange for someone to come along with you. This person can drive you to the appointment and wait out in the lobby until you are done. Sometimes it just helps to have someone there.
Some dentists allow their patients to watch television while the root canal is taking place or you may be able to listen to music. Talk to your dentist and find out if these distractions are permissible during the appointment. Sometimes a little background noise or something to keep your mind busy makes the appointment go by quickly and keeps your mind off the work that is being done.
Be sure to clear your schedule for the rest of the day. Even if things go fine, the last thing you need is more stress or anxiety. Spend time at home allowing the area to heal. While you could go back to work and continue with your regular schedule and routine, taking that extra time off may give you an opportunity to relax your nerves and enjoy the fact that the procedure is complete.
Source by Anna Woodward