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are you put under during root canals?

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Dr. Hetesh Ranchod -- Dr. Ranch
Dentistry 26 years experience
Yes but not required: The procedure is around 1-2 hours long and is typically very comfortable. The only reason to "go to sleep" for the procedure is due to anxiety. You will need to find someone trained to do sedation as not all dentist or endodontist will be able to do this.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Rarely: Root canal therapy is actually a very common and normally an easy procedure. There are these horror stories that circulate but rarely is anything more than local anesthesia (an injection) necessary in order to perform the procedure without any pain at all, especially in the hands of an endodontist. Some dentists also use "sweet air" or nitrous oxide\oxygen analgesia.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Provided original answer
With over 40 years experience, and perhaps 1000 RCT's performed, I have never had a patient that needed to be sedated for this procedure, nor even one that was sorry for having it done with only local anesthesia. Almost 100% of patients are pleasantly surprised afterwards.
Jan 14, 2013
Dr. I. Jay Freedman
Dentistry 43 years experience
Not normally: Unless you have ultra high anxiety about dental treatment, nearly all root canals (and nearly all dental care) can be done very comfortably under local anesthesia. If you are a little nervous (very normal feeling for something never experienced), ask your dentist for a Rx of an anti-anxiety drug. Don't worry, at the end you'll say this was so easy!

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What are the safest procedures for treating root canals?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Follow endodontist: Follow endodontist's (root canal specialist) recommendations.
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A 16-year-old member asked:

What do root canals feel like?

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Dr. Willa Terry
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Dental surgery: The dentist will use a numbing medication prior to doing the root canal, and then will prescribe pain medications for a few days to take after the procedure. Most people report moderate discomfort that resolves in 2-3 days on average.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Why do some root canals fail?

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Dr. LaMont Gee
Dentistry 51 years experience
Root canal failure: Root canals fail for many reasons. For example the tooth may fracture or split. Sometimes infection at the end of the tooth is very resistant to antibiotic and cause failure. Occasionally, the seal in the root canal may fail and allow bacteria to invade the canal. Although there are other reasons, these are the most common.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Why do people get root canals?

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Dr. Steven Roth
Dentistry 32 years experience
Affected pulp: Root canals are need when the pulp or nerve of the tooth is traumatized or reached by tooth decay. A blow to a tooth or a broken tooth may result in the need for a rootcanal.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What are some alternatives to root canals?

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Dr. Steven Roth
Dentistry 32 years experience
Extraction: If a root canal is needed and not performed an infection usually forms. If the tooth is taken out it should be replace by a bridge, implant or denture.

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