For many people, going to the dentist, even for a routine checkup, can be an anxiety-inducing event. If you're going for a scheduled root canal appointment, it's natural that those concerns would be exacerbated, but there are ways to avoid allowing that to become debilitating. Information is a powerful weapon, and securing it will go a long way toward your calm.
Below, you'll find a guide to some questions you should ask your dentist prior to a root canal. Having the answers to these questions should allow you to feel much more comfortable with the procedure, and should open up the lines of communication with your dentist in a way that guarantees openness and honesty.
Ask About Anesthetic
Many people are nervous about the idea of being under anesthesia for a medical procedure. In the case of a root canal, there's an open discussion to be had with your dentist about whether or not a general anesthetic is necessary or even a wise decision.
By discussion your anesthetic options openly, you can be involved in the process and develop a better understanding of your options. If your dentist believes a general anesthetic is necessary, he or she will be able to fully explain that decision and put your mind at ease.
Ask About After Care
After a root canal, it's likely that you'll be at least somewhat groggy, disoriented, and struggling to keep your wits about you. Unfortunately, that also may be the time when your dentist talks to you about wound care and recovery, leaving you struggling to fully comprehend what needs to be done to guarantee your recovery.
By having that conversation before the procedure, it's more likely to stick in your memory and be easier to recall as you heal. You might also want to have a trusted family member or loved one in the room for this conversation, as the additional mind can be a valuable resource.
Ask About Prevention
Even though modern root canal is no longer as difficult a process as it once was, it's still a procedure that most people want to avoid. It's important, then, that you take the necessary steps to prevent yourself from having to go through it in the future. Talk to your dentist (David B Anderson, DDS, PC is an excellent option) about the circumstances which resulted in your scheduled root canal, and ask about what you can do to avoid having additional visits that involve that unfortunate diagnosis.