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I recently discovered a cavity in one of my molars--my first--and it's a doozy, since it created a crack in my tooth that goes up to the gum line (srsly folks, there is a way raw veggies are bad for you--when they're hard as rocks).

Anyway, my dentist sent me to the endodontist who wants to do a root canal. This, liked, freaked me out, because the only thing I know about root canals is what I see on TV. My mom shrugged it off, saying she's had several and they were no big deal.

My question is - the endodontist has a sedative he can use to veg me out during the process, but it will require I show up two hours early for the appointment, and have someone drive me to and from. Also, I will pretty much have to take that day off from work to "sleep it off," and since they don't want me driving for 24 hours, I'll have to stay home the next day, too (I can work from home the second day if it comes to that).

Do I really need to be vegged out for this? What are other people's experience with root canals?


Aug. 30th, 2014 07:13 pm (UTC)
It hurts to have your toe stubbed. Did they give you any pain meds after the local during the procedure?
Aug. 30th, 2014 07:43 pm (UTC)
They did the shots in my mouth but I don't remember anything else. I know there were a lot of them, because I can always feel sensation more than their initial estimation. I remember being happy how easy it was. I don't remember if they needed to top me up after they started. It's possible.
Aug. 30th, 2014 08:22 pm (UTC)
Was it just a local to the gums, or did they use an anesthetic that effected your consciousness? I am debating whether to get something that will make me groggy.
Aug. 30th, 2014 09:19 pm (UTC)
Local to the gums.