Too many people think of a dentist’s office as a painful and scary place. At Aspen Ridge Dental in Casper WY, we dispel that image with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Even so, when patients hear they need a root canal, a lot of them are going to get tense.
It doesn’t need to be that way. With modern dentistry, a root canal isn’t much different than getting a cavity filled.
Patients need to get a root canal because of an infected tooth. That tooth is usually giving them pain, sometimes a lot. A root canal is performed to relieve dental pain, and to save the tooth. The procedure itself is painless.
The term “root canal” comes from the fact that we clean out the canals inside the tooth’s root. We remove bacteria, soft tissue, decayed nerve tissue, and any debris. The tooth is then sealed, and a crown is put in place.
Most root canals are successful, and result in the infected tooth being saved. The only other option is to have the tooth extracted, so as worrisome as it might be to hear you need a root canal, the alternative is worse.
We want root canals, and all other procedures, to be as comfortable as possible. We have several levels of sedation dentistry: nitrous oxide (also known as laughing gas), oral conscious sedation, which involves taking a sedative beforehand, and IV sedation, which is administered intravenously. Nitrous oxide wears off quickly, but those who get oral conscious sedation or IV sedation will need a ride home afterward.