Many people believe that root canals are inherently painful, but that simply isn’t so. In the hands of a competent dentist, your root canal should be pain-free. Why? Because of the following factors:
Dentists have a variety of chemical painkillers at their disposal, including substances that anesthetize particular spots (like Novocain) and chemicals that will render you completely unconscious. The choice your dentist makes about anesthesia will ultimately boil down to one very surprising factor: Your stress level. To learn why, keep on reading.
More than almost any other part of medicine, dentistry requires that the patient be calm. Why? Because one of the most natural things to do when you’re stressed is to clench your jaw shut. This is why dentists choose forms of anesthesia based in part on how nervous you are. A person who is seriously distressed will have to be put under general anesthesia so that their dentist can work uninterrupted—and so that the patient can stop feeling any stress. Other patients, however, do not need general anesthesia and can instead be calmed by other measures, such as nitrous oxide. Also known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide helps to relax the patient.
In addition to providing you with nitrous oxide and some form of anesthesia, your dentist may also take you through a series of relaxation techniques. These techniques can include everything from listening to music during surgery to progressive relaxation, which requires you to tense up one group of muscles and then let go, and so on and so forth until you are completely relaxed. Dentists encourage patients to use these techniques because the less stressed the body is, the less pain you’ll feel. At the end of the day, all of the techniques your dentist employs, whether chemical or purely psychological, are geared towards one thing—creating a calm and relaxed atmosphere so that you will experience as little pain as possible.
If you’d like to experience a pain-free root canal, then you should visit Central Park West Dentistry. We’re so confident in our ability to give you a painless root canal that we’ll refund the cost of your surgery if you weren’t pleased with the visit. In addition to offering pain-free root canals, we’re also accomplished cosmetic dentists with a great deal of experience with implants and Invisalign. For more information about the best dental practice in New York City, visit our website or call (866) 868-9546 today.