|Comfort During Procedure|
|One of the most disturbing questions concerning root canal treatment is “Will I be comfortable during the procedure?” The answer to this question should be an emphatic "YES!" Luckily, dentistry has devised new techniques for delivering local anesthetics painlessly. These techniques also guarantee that the anesthetics act more rapidly and produce a more thoughtful level of anesthesia. |
Furthermore, modern dental procedures use better technologies that are usually much less traumatic than those of the past. The outcome of these advancements is that patients should have negligible or no discomfort at all during the tooth numbing and/or treatment procedures. Root canal treatment should not cause pain, but rather relieve it and keep it from reoccurring.
Unluckily, dental pain may also have a psychological component, possibly deriving from a negative past experience, a story in the media, or even fear of the unknown. Sometimes these situations can prove challenging for the patient and the endodontist to control. Examples of this are hereunder:
Individuals who connect tooth pain with a past root canal procedure when, in fact, the pain they remember was experienced prior to their emergency visit. Often, this pain develops over a period of several hours to a few days and is allowed to build and worsen before seeking treatment. Once the patient needs emergency care from a root canal dentist, the endodontics treatment should not be uncomfortable and should afford quick and certain relief from any painful signs stemming from root canal disease.
Individuals may become very worried when being examined or treated dentally because the mouth is such an important part of the body and psyche. Some patients may feel nervous and helpless throughout a root canal procedure because of their positioning in the dental chair with members of the dental team working above them in such close and intimate proximity.
These and other distresses are real to the patient. Nevertheless, a great deal of the time, the distress can be diminished or eliminated if the patient discusses it with the endodontist and gets understanding and reassurance. The doctor and the patient must cooperate in such situations to ensure that the patient feels as comfortable, trusting, and informed as possible in the dental environment. Most individuals can do this adequately.