Preparing for a Root Canal Appointment

December 11, 2017

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You went to the dentist for a toothache, and now you have to undergo root canal therapy. You may be nervous about the procedure, especially if you do not know what to expect. Many people assume root canal treatment is painful. However, by nature, the procedure actually involves removing the source of the discomfort. In fact, many patients feel much better following their treatment. Thankfully, our family dentists at Lake Lanier Smiles can provide high-quality, compassionate care for patients with dental pain. Today, we will share tips about preparing for a root canal appointment.

Become Familiar with the Procedure

For many patients, truly comprehending the basics of a procedure can help diminish any dental anxieties or fears. Take the time to understand what will be performed during your root canal treatment, and why. If you have questions, our doctors will be happy to answer them. If you will be undergoing general anesthesia, it will be helpful to understand that process, as well.

Talk with Your Doctor about Current Medications

During your initial consultation, our doctors most likely discussed your medical history with you in detail. This is a crucial part of the treatment planning process. Therefore, if your medical history has changed recently, or if you are taking any new prescription medications or supplements, it is important to notify your doctor right away. Some medications can thin the blood, making you more prone to bleeding. In these cases, your dentist may recommend that you discontinue these medications for a few days prior to your appointment. Unless stated otherwise by your doctor, you may continue all routine medications as prescribed.

Pick Up Your Prescriptions Ahead of Time

You will be given prescription medications to take following your root canal therapy. So that you do not have to go by the pharmacy the day of your procedure, it is a good idea to pick your prescriptions up ahead of time. This will simply be more convenient for you, especially if you will be undergoing general anesthesia.

Stock Up on Anti-Inflammatories

Over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen and naproxen help to alleviate discomfort and reduce swelling. Be sure to purchase an anti-inflammatory whenever you pick up your prescriptions. You can even take a dose before the procedure begins, so that the medication is already in your system.

Avoid Alcohol and Tobacco Products for 24 Hours

Patients who are anxious or worried about their appointments sometimes indulge in a few alcoholic beverages the night before to calm their nerves. Try to abstain from this temptation, as you will need to have mental clarity. Being hungover can exacerbate any negativity and make you feel ill-prepared for treatment.

Smoking can significantly impede the body’s healing process. Therefore, we recommend taking this opportunity to quit for good, if possible.

Stock Your Pantry with Soft Foods

Root canal therapy is not likely to slow you down too much. Although you may experience some post-treatment tenderness, most patients find they can resume normal eating within a couple of days. However, you will be numb immediately following your procedure. While the anesthesia is wearing off, it is a good idea to have soft, nutritious foods on standby, such as yogurt, smoothies, and pasta, among other things.

Dress Comfortably

For your comfort and relaxation, wear soft, loose-fitting clothes. You may also prefer to bring a light sweater or jacket along. Additionally, we recommend wearing flat shoes with a non-slip sole. When you arrive to our office, we will escort you to one of our treatment rooms and make sure you are comfortable before we begin.

Learn More about Root Canal Therapy

If you have more questions about what to expect before your root canal therapy, our team of professionals is here to help. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment at our Buford, GA practice, call us at (770) 831-0559 or contact us online anytime.

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