(Closed) Former dental-phobe going for first root canal on Fri, need encouragement!

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Aw, my thoughts are with you! I go in for a root canal, tomorrow, myself, so I can commiserate.. although, I’ll take all the happy gas I can get!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

A root canal is not so bad.  What hurts about a root canal is the pain you have before getting the procedure done (usually an infection is hitting the nerve).  I have had several root canals (I have horrible teeth even though I take super good care of them (my sister and brother-in-law are dentists, so I kinda of have to!)).  A root canal does take a little longer than a filling.  You will probably have some soreness and a tired jaw after.  I am a huge needle phobe and dental work is not my favorite (even worse it is now usually being administered by my little sister or her husband, haha).  Take headphones to the appointment and listen to something soothing, that helps to not have to hear all of the noises.  Deep breaths and you will be fine.  Good luck!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@Kant: Being worked on by family is good and bad.  Imagine your little sibling coming at you with a syringe or drill…as you have flashback to all the times you picked on them growing up!  haha, really it isn’t so bad.  The worse is that they are a little too casual occasionally (ie. they make me hold things like suction instrument, and my sister says “Oops, sorry” way too much, which is not something you want to hear as she is working on your teeth).  πŸ™‚

Good luck with your root canal.  Sounds like you are well prepared!  You will be fine and do great!

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

You are me 2 weeks ago… I was a spaz about having a root canal done and I swear it didn’t hurt me AT ALL. Not one bit. I felt little pinches for the needle when she numbed but that was it. I went to an endodontist and she was in and out in about an hour and that was even with a “curved root” she said. I didn’t feel anything once she started. My jaw was of course a little tired after and she gave me some pain medicine which I took that day but probably didn’t even need.

 Relax.. the worst part is thinking about it and getting all worked up. I promise.

 

Good luck! πŸ™‚

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper

I’m glad you’re going through all these steps to get your teeth fixed, but in case it doesn’t work out, there are total sedation dentists who will put you totally out and do all the work you need in one visit. One of the Dr.s you’re seeing should have some referrals for you just in case. Best of luck!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I’m in the process of having a root canal and some other work done, and I can honestly say that the thought of having it done is worse than actually having it done.

I had the first part of my root canal done today and honestly the worst part of it was having half of my face numb afterwards!  I made sure I took some pain relief before I went in to the dentist but I didn’t even feel the injections.

Just think about how much better you’ll feel once it’s all finished! πŸ™‚

 

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Aw, I feel for you! I had avoided the dentist for years, but had a cavity on the front of my tooth that looked absolutely horrid whenever I smiled, and that was something I wanted fixed for the wedding.I’d had past fillings but had never allowed the dentist to give me a shot because I’m so terrified of them – and this was a crappy dentist, there was no ‘turning off my teeth’, I would just deal with the pain to avoid the shot. But after a really awful experience I won’t get into, I stopped going for years and finally now I ahd to go back (different dentist though, she came recommended thru my former dentaphobe brother).

Before the dentist could do anything I was sobbing and hyperventilating and saying sorry for wasting your time but I can’t do this, I have to go. Somehow, miracle worker that she is, she talked me through it.I did end up taking a pill for anti-anxiety, and she also used a special kind of numbing gel so I really barely felt the shot, and then once it kicked in I was fine for the procedure. It was such a relief. But honestly, when I have an appointment coming up, the best thing for me to do is just not think about it!

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

I was reading how you said you have mild TMJ, ask for a bite plate, since your mouth is going to be open so long it will hurt.  It’s like a rubber block that you bite down with the opposite side of your mouth that the dentist is working on.  I have TMJ and this really helps. 

I have horrible teeth, and I’ve had quite a few root canals, and as PP said, it’s the pain before the procedure that is the worst.  Hang in there once you get passed this you will have nice teeth again, and no need to sit for long periods in the dentist chair!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I’m a severe dental phobe and had a root canal done several years ago. It was pretty easy. I was a baby about it and my mom went with me but it ended up being just fine. Take something with you, whether it’s your ipod or small stuffed animal or something just to keep your hands occupied and comfortable. I remember crapping my pants before it and I still do before any visit. Good luck, you’ll do just fine!

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper

@Kant: It isn’t called a bite plate but a bite block. She’ll know what to do to help you.

 

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