I’ve got a pretty serious problem which my dentist can’t figure out. I need a root canal treatment for an infection, but the dentist has not been able to get me numb even after seven injections. He didn’t charge me for the visit. Instead, he gave me a prescription for a pain medicine and an antibiotic and we’re going to try again in a week. I don’t know what will be different in a week. Have you encountered this before?
I suspect I know exactly what is going on here. If you have any dental anxiety, it causes your metabolism to burn off the numbing medication. In those cases, patients need some form of medication to help relax them. My suggestion is you see a sedation dentist. They usually have two levels of dental sedation.
In some cases, just some nitrous oxide is enough to do the trick. This has been dubbed laughing gas, but it doesn’t make you laugh. It just gives you a relaxed, floaty feel. This could be enough to deal with your anxiety.
Some cases of anxiety are so strong that nitrous isn’t enough. In those cases, I suggest oral conscious sedation. This is a pill you will take prior to your procedure. It completely relaxes you. Your numbing medication will work and you’ll get your root canal treatment done.
Considerations with Dental Sedation
With nitrous oxide, you are able to get on with your day immediately after your procedure. Once you are done, your dentist will switch the gas from nitrous to oxygen. In just a few momoents you’ll be completely lucid and steady on your feet.
Oral conscious sedation is a bit different. You are so relaxed, you will be able to completely sleep through your appointment. Your root canal treatment will be a breeze. However, you will need someone to drive you both to and from your appointment, as well as stay with you throughout the day. You will not be very steady on your feet and will need someone to help you until you are lucid again.
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