Say the words root canal and most people cringe. This is one of the most feared dental procedures. However, while no one wants to undergo a root canal, it can be a vital procedure for those who are suffering from extreme decay or rot. Without a root canal, you can lose the tooth and/or develop abscesses. In order to ensure everyone who needs one can get a root canal, many dentists and endodontists who perform root canals offer both oral sedatives and IV sedation to help those who need to be relaxed or unconscious during the procedure. Here are some of the people who can most benefit from being sedated during a root canal.
Those Who Have Dental Fears and Phobias
Some people have extreme dental fears or phobias. For those people, making their way into the dentist's office can be overwhelming. They can then be triggered when they smell certain scents or hear certain sounds, such as a drill. Those who have anxiety may benefit from sedation during a root canal procedure, as it allows them to relax or sleep. This can prevent them from being scared or having symptoms associated with anxiety, such as trouble breathing, during the procedure.
Those Who Cannot Sit for a Prolonged Period of Time
Another group of people who can benefit from being sedated during a root canal is those who cannot sit still for a prolonged period of time. Root canals generally take between one to two hours. This is a long time for a young child to sit still or for someone who is mentally incapacitated to leave their mouth wide open. Those with back problems may also be unable to sit for a prolonged period of time. Sedation helps someone to remain still during the procedure, which makes it easier for the patient and the dentist.
Those Who Need Multiple Root Canals
The final group of people who can benefit from being sedated during a root canal includes those who need multiple root canals. Typically topical anesthetics are used to numb the area in your mouth where the root canal will be performed. However, only so much anesthetic can be used within a certain span of time without risking the health of the patient. Those who need multiple root canals may need to be sedated if they want all of the root canals done at one time.
If you need to have a root canal and you are extremely scared or fearful of having the procedure, or you have concerns about your ability to sit still and follow directions for a prolonged procedure, being sedated during your root canal may be a good choice for you. Talk to the professional who will be performing your root canal to find out if sedation is an option for you.