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When a tooth becomes infected through decay or trauma, your dentist may recommend a root canal to save your tooth. Root canals aren’t a big deal if you show up to the appointment well-prepared. To help you feel more at ease about root canals, our team at Generations Cosmetic and Family Dentistry offers the following suggestions:

– Talk to your dentist about your anxiety: If you’re feeling anxious about the procedure, your dentist needs to know. He or she can work with you and help you feel more comfortable.

– Don’t take painkillers ahead of time: Your dental team will provide you with pain medication during your appointment to keep you comfortable. Numbing your mouth ahead of time will prevent you from explaining to the dentist where the pain is and how much it hurts.

– Avoid antibiotics: You should always let your dentist know before a procedure if you’re taking medication. Otherwise, you may encounter adverse drug interactions. If you’re taking medication, speak to your doctor about the possibility of altering your dose.

– Refrain from alcoholic consumption before and after: Root canal treatment is easier for both you and your dental team if you are in a sober state of mind. Likewise, the recover process will be more comfortable if your body can focus on healing your mouth instead of fighting the effects of alcohol.

For more information about root canals in Tampa, Florida, contact our office at 813-251-5740. Dr. David Goldschein is happy to sit down with you and discuss any concerns you may have.