I had a nasty toothache and went in to see my dentist for an emergency appointment. He gave me antibiotics to keep the infection at bay and scheduled me for a root canal in two days. I went in and for some reason he couldn’t get me numb. He’s now giving me a referral to a sedation dentist. Why will that work if the Novocain doesn’t?
Your dentist is right on target with what he’s suggesting. It’s very common when a patient has some level of dental anxiety. Your metabolism jumps up with anxiety. The theory is, depending on the level of anxiety, the higher metabolism causes you to burn off the numbing medication so quickly you don’t get the effects.
How a Sedation Dentist Helps
Ideally, you should get oral conscious sedation. Your sedation dentist will give you a pill before your appointment, which will completely relax you. In fact, you’ll be so relaxed, you won’t be able to drive yourself to your appointment.
Your dentist will expect you to have a ride to and from his office. Additionally, you’ll want someone who is able to stay with you for a few hours after your appointment until you are lucid and steady on your feet again.
This form of sedation is so strong, that most patients completely sleep through their appointment. This will help you get your root canal treatment done no problem.
Please don’t put this off or you’ll have another emergency dental appointment without being able to save your tooth. Then, you’ll need to invest in a great tooth replacement option such as a dental implant.
I know you are nervous, but believe me when I tell you sedation dentistry has changed the lives of even the most fearful of patients.
This blog is brought to you by La Jolla Dentist Dr. Stephen Doan.