Before Endodontic Treatment

Before Endodontic Treatment

First and foremost, all of us at Charleston Endodontics want you to be comfortable with any dental evaluation or treatment you receive in our office.  We will do everything possible to make sure all your questions are answered in advance of any procedures.  The most important question most patients have is, “Will it hurt?” Thanks to advances in local anesthesia (numbing medicine for the tooth), root canal procedures can be performed without pain.

There are usually no restrictions after the procedure concerning driving or returning to work, unless you desire to be more deeply sedated; e.g. Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) or prescription medication (Valium or Halcion).  If you prefer sedation in addition to local anesthesia, please inform our office staff when scheduling your appointment.

Continue all medications for blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid problems and any other conditions as recommended by your physician. If there is a question, please call our office prior to your appointment.

Please eat breakfast or lunch as applicable. You do not have to come to your appointment without having eaten.  In fact it is better if you have had your normal daily intake of nutrition.

If you have been advised by your physician or dentist to use antibiotic premedication because of mitral valve prolapse (MVP), heart murmur, hip, knee, cardiac or other prosthesis, or if you have rheumatic heart disease, please make sure you are on the appropriate antibiotic on the day of your appointment. If there is a question, please call our office prior to your appointment.

If your physician allows you to take Ibuprofen (Advil) or Naproxen Sodium (Aleve), it does help reduce inflammation when taken before treatment, which can lessen any soreness after treatment.  If your tooth has already been evaluated by one of the doctors at Charleston Endodontics, we recommend taking 600mg of Ibuprofen or 500-550mg Naproxen 2 hours prior to your appointment.  If, however, your tooth has not yet been evaluated by one of our doctors, please do not take any pain relieving medication prior to your appointment as this can make it difficult to identify the tooth causing discomfort.

If you have any questions, please call the office in which you are scheduled to be seen.

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