Whenever people think about going to the dentist and having an unpleasant experience, the go-to subject is a root canal process. The two words that every patient dreads to hear when they’re talking to their dentist about treatment options is one of the common sources of anxiety, and humor, as far as dentistry is concerned. It’s also something of an outdated stereotype about dentistry.
There have been some incredible leaps in dental treatment on all ends, from technique, to medications used, to technology for procedures, that have all resulted in treatments that have a faster recovery time, a reduced amount of pain and discomfort, and an overall better experience for patients who may need to have a root canal performed. Here are some of the ways in which root canal process have improved:
Better imaging and examination procedures. Accuracy is definitely a quality that you want in your dentist’s skill set, and when it comes to root canals, it makes all of the difference in the world for tools to be used accurately. With advances in imagery and examination comes faster procedures, reduced chances for errors that could be painful to patients, and greater success in situations where root canal process may have previously been unavailable.
Sedation and pain management options. Along with the accuracy of the treatment itself, monitoring and tests with pain and sedation therapy options have provided dentists and other medical professionals with a wealth of information in the field of patient comfort. Some dentists use a combination of pharmaceutical options and gas-based sedation, while others may prefer solutions including intravenous sedation. Whichever you prefer, there’s a growing list of ways to control and eliminate pain and discomfort, many of which also address issues of tension and anxiety during a procedure.
As our understanding of medicine grows, so too do our strengths in giving patients a much more pleasant experience whenever a root canal may be deemed necessary. It’s only natural to have some anxiety about any operation that will be performed on your body, but rest assured that we’re doing our very best to create and sustain methods, and an environment, that fosters comfortable, positive experiences for you.
If you’ve had a root canal in the past that was an unpleasant experience, speak with us about what we can do to make your next root canal a far better memory.