I'm Nervous About My Upcoming Root Canal

Sep 02, 2023
I'm Nervous About My Upcoming Root Canal
Losing sleep over your upcoming root canal appointment? Here’s what you can do to relieve anxiety before and during your procedure.

If you've recently been informed you need a root canal, you're probably feeling anxious about the procedure. The compassionate dental team at TLN Family Dental understands these feelings, and we're here to help.

Here’s what you need to know about root canals to ease your mind.

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a procedure designed to save a damaged or infected tooth rather than remove it. Our dental team removes the infected areas from the inside of the tooth, cleans and disinfects the canal, and then fills and seals it against future damage.

Expect minimal discomfort

Many people get nervous about root canals because they fear the procedure will hurt. Most teeth needing root canals already cause discomfort, and left untreated, those teeth will continue to cause pain. Root canals are designed to stop the pain and restore your tooth’s functioning.

The compassionate team at TLN Family Dental uses local anesthesia to numb the area thoroughly and ensure root canal treatments are as comfortable as possible. There is no pain during the procedure, but some people experience mild discomfort for a few hours after the treatment. You can relieve the discomfort with over-the-counter pain relievers.

Ask about our sedation dentistry options if dental procedures cause severe anxiety.

How to relieve anxiety about root canals

If you can’t stop thinking about your upcoming appointment, try the following tips to relieve anxiety about having a root canal:

Ask questions

Sometimes, the root of anxiety is the fear of the unknown. Don’t hesitate to ask questions. We’re here to provide answers and ensure you're well-informed about every step of the procedure.

Breathe deeply

Deep, controlled breathing can help in reducing anxiety. Practice deep breathing exercises before your appointment to help calm your nerves. 

Bring music 

Bring along earbuds and listen to calming music, an audio book, or an engrossing podcast during the procedure. Having something interesting to listen to can serve as a pleasant distraction.

Let us know you’re nervous

Let us know about your anxiety. We have extensive experience helping people who get nervous about coming to the dentist. Being upfront about it enables us to cater to your needs better and ensure your comfort.

We're with you every step of the way. From the moment you step into our clinic to the time you leave, and even beyond, our team at TLN Family Dental is committed to your well-being. 

We encourage you to call or schedule a consultation online with our experienced team at TLN Family Dental in Houston or Pearland, Texas, if you would like to discuss sedation dentistry options to help relieve your anxiety during your root canal treatment.