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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 11:00 pm (UTC)
I have no idea what getting fillings feels like*. And I am not sure if I have an abscess. I don't recall it mentioned. Will have to investigate what that is, too.

* This may be the source of my freaking out. I haven't had serious work done on my mouth since I was a teen getting baby teeth pulled and braces.
Aug. 30th, 2014 11:37 pm (UTC)
You'd know if you had an abcess! It would hurt like hell.
Aug. 31st, 2014 07:28 am (UTC)
An abcess is the equivalent of a boil, but inside a tooth or between it and the gum. As mamcu says, if you had an abcess, you would be on the phone to the dentist screaming "get me an appointment NOW!".
Sep. 2nd, 2014 09:12 pm (UTC)
Ah. Okay. Thanks!