When the pulp in one of your teeth becomes infected, you will need a root canal to stop the discomfort and to prevent the infection from spreading further. You risk developing an abscessed tooth, which can be significantly more painful if you delay the procedure. However, dental anxiety may hold you back from obtaining necessary services.
Sleep dentistry is an option that enables you to receive the services you need while feeling relaxed and comfortable at the same time. Shallowford Dental is pleased to let you know that we have four options for sleep dentistry available. Dr. Patel will discuss each option with you during a personal consultation and help you decide which one is right for your situation.
What is the Root Canal Procedure?
During a root canal, Dr. Patel makes a small opening to the crown portion of your tooth. This gives him the ability to remove infected pulp down to the roots. He then places filler material inside of the tooth upon removal of the diseased tissue. The next step is to place adhesive on the treated tooth to ensure that the root canal area remains sealed. Dr. Patel completes the procedure by placing a temporary crown on the tooth to prevent bacteria from invading again. You will return to our office to receive your permanent crown a short time later.
A root canal can be a lengthy and sometimes uncomfortable procedure. This is the reason people avoid having it done in the first place. However, the claims of pain during a root canal are often exaggerated and most people report feeling no more discomfort than any other dental procedure. Opting for sleep dentistry can be a good solution if you have built up a lot of anxiety around the procedure.
Sleep Dentistry Options at Shallowford Dental
Laughing gas, formally known as inhaled sedation, is a substance that you breathe through a mask and that starts to work right away. It helps you feel relaxed and comfortable while still alert enough to respond to the dentist’s commands. Inhaled sedation normally wears off immediately after the procedure so you can drive yourself home.
Oral sedation means that you take a pill to help you reach a state of sleep relaxation. You may remain awake or fall asleep during the root canal. Since it takes longer to wear off than inhaled sedation, you need to arrange a ride home with a responsible adult before you schedule the procedure.
The effects of intravenous (IV) sedation is similar to that of oral sedation. The difference is only in the form of administration since you receive the medication to make you relaxed and sleepy directly through an IV. The benefit of this is that the sedating effect takes place immediately. You may or may not remember much about your appointment with oral or IV sedation.
When severe anxiety prevents any type of dental work, you may wish to consider deep sedation. This is the same type used in hospitals for surgical patients, which means that you remain unconscious during your root canal.
We would be happy to answer additional questions about sleep dentistry, root canals, or any other dental concerns. Please call us today at 770-578-1331 or reach out online.