It's perfectly normal to feel some level of apprehension before you go to the dentist. Those nervous feelings may be amplified if you need a root canal.
Fortunately, there are some helpful tips that can help you get past the fear of a root canal.
Talk to Your Dentist
Your first resource when you have any type of dental anxiety should always be your dentist. He is used to working with patients who are afraid of the dentist and procedures like root canals. You may be a candidate for nitrous oxide or other techniques to keep you relaxed throughout the procedure.
Learn More about Root Canals
Root canals tend to have a bad reputation for being very painful. However, much of this is unfounded. Many people who have had root canals state that the discomfort was no worse than that of a standard filling. By knowing more about root canals and what you can expect, you'll likely feel less nervous about the procedure.
Bring a Friend
Having someone accompany you to your dental appointment can make a world of difference in your comfort level. A family member or friend can offer added assurance and support. If possible, see if your support person can keep you company during the root canal procedure.
Distractions can help to divert your attention during your root canal procedure. Find a way to take your mind off of what is going on around you. Bring headphones to play relaxing music, or hold onto a stress ball. Your procedure will be over with before you know it as long as you can keep your mind elsewhere.
A root canal isn't as scary as you might think. It is our goal to make the process as enjoyable as possible. Call us today to discuss your concerns and to make your next appointment.