Gulf Shore Cosmetic and Family Dentistry
Dr. Andrew Haidet, DMD

Are root canals painful?

Once you understand what is involved with a root canal, it may sound like it could be a painful procedure. A root canal is necessary to remove infection deep within the tooth, and it is true that this portion of the tooth contains nerves and blood vessels. This fact alone may cause people to believe that a root canal is painful. But Dr. Brian Childs has a great deal of experience in performing root canals and knows exactly how to make this procedure comfortable and efficient. With this expertise, he can reduce the time you spend in the dental chair and eliminate any worry of discomfort.

A lot of the discomfort that people associate with having a root canal is due to their negative expectations. People usually react with fear when faced with the prospect of having a root canal. This expectation can lead to stress and anxiety for the patient, which makes them anticipate pain even before the procedure begins. If you have been experiencing severe pain prior to the procedure, the fact is that you will most likely feel immediate relief once we numb the area because the pain is gone.

If you need a root canal, you no longer have to worry about experiencing any discomfort during the procedure. We provide a number of sedation options that will help relax you before and during the procedure. For many patients, just knowing that their concerns will be addressed is enough to reduce any fearful anticipation they may experience.

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