Managing Anxiety Before a Root Canal

Many of us have an irrational fear of going to the dentist, even if it's only for a cleaning. Having anxiety before a visit is very common, but for some people it’s actually debilitating. If you have avoided the dentist due to uncontrolled fear and now need a root canal, there are steps you can take to ease your tension before the procedure.

Christian Pham, DMD at Crownridge Dental in San Antonio, Texas, has years of experience in dentistry and is very skilled at addressing all of your dental needs. Dr. Pham can help ease your fears related to your upcoming root canal procedure.

Why do you need a root canal?

Every one of your teeth has a pulp in the center that contains the nerve and blood vessels. This is also called the root. The root helps in sensing hot and cold, and also lets you know if something is wrong with your tooth such as a cavity.

This pulp can become inflamed and cause you a significant amount of pain if it becomes infected. This is caused by bacteria inside your tooth and can lead to:

The root canal itself isn't actually painful at all. The procedure helps relieve the aching tooth by removing the inflamed pulp.

Dr. Pham takes X-rays of your tooth to confirm the need for the procedure. He then numbs the area around that tooth and begins drilling and cleaning out the infected pulp. After the bad tooth is cleaned out, he fills the empty space with a compound to close it up. To wrap up the procedure, Dr. Pham puts a filling or crown on the affected tooth to restore its strength.

What causes anxiety before dental visits?

Many people just like you have experienced some form of anxiety before a dentist appointment. Although it’s common, for you it may be completely debilitating and cause you to cancel appointments or avoid the dentist at all costs.

There are several reasons you may have a fear of the dentist that include:

No matter what the reason for your dental insecurities, it’s important to figure out how to tame your mind before your appointment so that you keep your mouth happy and healthy.

Dr. Pham helps to ease some of your anxiety by explaining what he will do during the root canal, and by taking steps to ensure you are comfortable while he is working.

How you can manage dental anxiety

If you’re in need of a root canal, your mind may be racing and concern rising about how painful the procedure will be or how much it will cost. The good news is that there are several ways to calm your fears before your procedure with Dr. Pham. Some of the things you can do include:

Meditation 

Meditation can be utilized before the procedure by focusing on your breathing to naturally calm your anxiety.

Visualization

Visualizing yourself having a great, pain-free appointment or picturing a beautiful place that makes you happy and puts your mind at ease can calm your anxiety.

Listening to music

Music is a stress reliever for many of us, and can help drown out the sound of the dental instruments during your procedure.

Something else you can do to help ease your mind about your root canal is to gain as much knowledge about the procedure as possible. Talking to Dr. Pham about your concerns and learning about what will be happening can really help take the fear of the unknown out of the equation.

If you’re in need of a root canal, call our office today at 210-538-7500 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Pham, or conveniently book an appointment online.

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