6 Steps to Prepare for Your Root Canal Treatment

Are you preparing for a root canal and worried about the process? Worry not, with the right knowledge and preparation, you can make sure your root canal goes smoothly from beginning to end. 

In this article, we will walk you through 6 easy steps to prepare for your upcoming root canal treatment. 

1. Your consult

Have a root canal lined up but still have some concerns? We’re here to help! Simply schedule a consultation with our experienced and friendly dental team. 

We’ll walk you through the entire process and answer any questions so you have a clear understanding of what to expect. Root canals are one of the most common treatments we carry out at SDG so rest assured, you’re coming to the right place. 

2. Sleep dentistry options 

If you experience dental anxiety or have a low pain threshold, discuss sleep dentistry options with our dentist. These sedation techniques can help you relax, making your dental treatment relatively painless and stress-free.

Here are some sedation options we provide:

Inhalation Sedation 

Inhalation sedation, also known as nitrous oxide or laughing gas, involves inhaling a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen through a mask placed over your nose. This induces a feeling of relaxation and reduces your anxiety.

Oral Sedation 

Oral Sedation involves taking a prescribed medication orally before the dental procedure. These medications have sedative and anxiety-reducing effects. Oral sedation can help you feel relaxed and calm during your dental treatment. 

Intra – Venous (IV) Sedation

Intra – Venous (IV) Sedation is when the sedative is administered through your vein. This is typically used for more complex dental procedures. It allows for a deeper form of relaxation and can be adjusted to different levels of sedation as needed.

3. What you should avoid

In the days leading up to your root canal treatment, it’s essential to avoid certain habits that can irritate the infected tooth. We recommend avoiding smoking and consumption of alcohol before and even after the procedure as it can hinder the healing process.

4. What to eat 

You should avoid chewing on hard or sticky foods and stick to soft and easily chewable foods in the days leading up to and after the treatment. Opt for a diet rich in nutritious, easy-to-digest foods such as soups, yogurt, etc. Avoid hot or cold foods that may cause sensitivity.

5. Get enough rest

Getting a good amount of rest is vital for your body’s healing process. Prioritise getting a good night’s sleep before your root canal treatment so you don’t feel tired during the treatment and recover more effectively afterwards. 

Other relaxation techniques such as deep breathing exercises or meditation can also help calm your mind. 

6. Aftercare

Understanding post-treatment care is important for a successful root canal recovery. Our dentist will provide specific instructions tailored to your unique condition. In general, however, we recommend that you practice good oral hygiene and follow up on your appointments to maintain your overall oral health and well-being.

Preparing for your root canal treatment doesn’t have to be overwhelming. 

At SDG, rest assured, you are in the safest hands of our experienced dental team and we will provide you with the best care and service every step of the way.

Schedule your root canal treatment with us and let us help you achieve optimal dental health and a pain-free smile!