Is a root canal painful
– Can I be sedated?
We will take every measure to ensure that your procedure is in no way uncomfortable or painful. If treatment is needed, we will inject a small amount of anesthesia to gently numb a concentrated area of your mouth, which typically subsides 3-4 hours after being administered.
It is important to us that you experience a “stress-free” appointment. Dental stress is often linked to experiences in the past. We give you our promise that we will do our very best to provide you with a totally different experience. If you have any special requests that help you to relax, we are open and receptive to help you. In addition, we do offer Nitrous Oxide, ‘laughing gas’, for an additional fee. Nitrous is made to relax you, not put you to sleep; therefore, you will be alert enough to talk to your doctor and any effect will dissipate rather quickly.
How much does a root canal cost?
– Insurance and payment options
The cost of a root canal can range anywhere from $950 – $1,500+, BEFORE insurance, depending on multiple different variables. For example, the prognosis for the tooth needing treatment, the tooth number, and any previous treatment to that tooth all need to be considered.
We accept all types of dental insurance! Prior to your scheduled appointment, we will verify coverage with your insurance company and work with them to give you an estimate of what YOUR financial responsibility will be. We collect your estimated payment, in full, at the time of your appointment. We also offer interest-free financing options through Care Credit. Care Credit works like a credit card for healthcare, allowing you the freedom to make more manageable, monthly payments. Ultimately the patient is responsible for all fees.
How long should the procedure take?
Depending on which tooth we are treating, we typically tell patients to plan on their appointment lasting approximately 90 minutes. That being said, every tooth is different! We understand that your time is valuable, and we make every effort to provide services in a prompt fashion. Our priority is to give you the best, most reliable treatment possible, therefore, we can not guarantee that your appointment will not take longer than the allotted time.
What about Post-Op?
– Work, driving, & food!
Once your root canal therapy is completed, you may experience some discomfort for two-to-three days while your tooth and jaw continue to heal. This is nothing to be concerned about, but do contact our office if you experience unusual or prolonged pain.
Your jaw may be sore and your lip may be numb, but you should be in good shape to continue your regular schedule. However, we do not recommend leaving your appointment and going straight to an important lunch meeting (unless you wear a bib!). In terms of your schedule, it should be no different than getting a filling or a crown – You are able to drive yourself home, resume all activities, and even eat! (However, we do recommend being cautious until the numbness has subsided… we don’t want you drooling or biting your cheek!)
From start to finish, this experience was as positive as a root canal can be!– Kate
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