Tips to Prepare for a Root Canal

Are you about to get a root canal in Rock Hill? Then you likely want to know how to prepare for it. 

Root canals are one of the most common types of emergency dental procedures used to treat a badly infected tooth. Though many patients are weary of them, you should know that they're a fairly simple treatment. Plus, it can effectively save your tooth from extraction and relieve your pain. 

Here are six things you can do to prepare for a root canal:

1. Get Some Sleep

Unless you need an emergency root canal, make sure to get at least 8 hours of sleep before your appointment.

A fully rested body is much better equipped to handle root canals and other dental treatments.

2. Take Some OTC Pain Medication Before Your Procedure

Root canals are done under local anesthesia to ensure patients don’t feel any pain or discomfort.

However, that does nothing for the pain you might be experiencing right now. It’s perfectly fine to take some OTC medications like ibuprofen to manage your discomfort before your treatment. You can also use a cold compress to manage swelling and get some relief.

3. Before & After Your Procedure, Avoid Smoking and Drinking

Alcohol and smoking can affect blood pressure, which could increase the risk of bleeding both during and after your root canal.

It’s best to refrain from both before and after your procedure until your tooth heals.

4. Eat a Light Meal 

You won’t be able to eat anything for a few hours after your root canal since you’ll still be numb from the anesthetic. It’s best to grab a bite beforehand to avoid feeling hungry.

5. Discuss Post-Treatment Care 

Healing after a root canal may require some minor changes to your lifestyle.

  • Eating softer foods that don’t require lots of chewing for a few days
  • Not smoking or drinking alcohol
  • Eating on the other side of the mouth
  • Skipping the gym for 2-3 days, etc.

Dr. Hysa and Dr. Shamah will provide you with more tips based on your specific case.

Think You Might Need a Root Canal?

Dr. Hysa and Dr. Shamah are here to provide expert root canal services, both in emergencies and during regular hours.

If you can’t wait, call us at (803) 970-6080 now for emergency dental care.

You can also request a regular appointment at Carolina Emergency Dental online.

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