What to do Before Endodontic Treatment

Ready for your root canal? If you’ve undergone endodontic treatment before, you probably have a good idea of how to prepare for the procedure. If not, here are a few tips on what you can do before treatment that will help your treatment go smoothly and help you with a quick recovery.  

Eat a healthy breakfast. 

It is the most important meal of the day. Especially on the day of your endodontic treatment. Your body is at full strength when it has all the proteins and carbohydrates it needs to function. You are less likely to feel the negative side effects that are sometimes associated with root canals. 

Dr. James A Penney, III, DDS, PA Endodontics is known for our efficient process. Dr. Penney is always ready to talk with you about the procedure until you are comfortable. In reality, most of our patients are in and out the door within an hour. 

Don’t be afraid to over-prepare (take the whole day off). 

Dr. Penney will administer local anesthesia to numb the tooth before performing endodontic treatment. This will leave you with that fuzzy, numb-mouth feeling, but it is unlikely to leave you disoriented. Many of our patients return to work the same day. 

However, all patients are different. While we know root canals are one of the safest, most painless dental procedures, there is a lot of fear surrounding root canals. The stress alone could be reason enough for you to take the day off from work. 

Remember: This kind of stress is often immune to reason and facts. That is normal. It is important to be kind to yourself. Don’t rush the healing process. 

Make a list of questions. 

If you have any concerns about your specific treatment, call our office at 501-227-ROOT (7668). That is what the team at James A. Penney, III, DDS, PA Endodontics is here for. 

Our best tip? When you have questions, write them down. It doesn’t matter how trivial the question might seem at the time. If you have a list, you won’t forget to ask. It might also help you be less worried. You won’t have to remember all those questions at once.