Dentist Questions Dental anesthesia

Would anesthesia be used during my root canal?

I have to get a root canal treatment on my one of my molars next week. Would anesthesia be used during my treatment? If not, can I request it?

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Local anesthesia is almost always used and applied at no additional cost by injection. IV sedation can be requested but can add $800 to $1,000 or more to the total cost. General anesthesia where one goes to sleep in a hospital surgical unit is rare as there is potential for complications once out of 300 sessions: some of which can be very serious.
Yes, local anesthesia will most likely be used to numb the area to be treated. If you require sedation such as nitrous oxide or IV sedation, you should also clarify with your dentist prior to the appointment.
Endodontics are being done in local anesthesia or sometimes when the patient is anxious, the dentist can use the combination of nitrous and local anesthesia
Local anesthesia is absolutely necessary for performing root-canal treatment.
Local anesthesia is usually used for root canal treatment. In these cases the tooth, surrounding teeth, and associated soft tissue will be numbed. It is rare that general anesthesia be used for root canal treatment.
Yes in many root cases, local anesthesia will be use to numb the treating area or tooth and maximize patient comfort.
For a RCT it is best to have it done under local anesthesia so you feel no pain
You will be given a local anesthetic and sometimes the option of relative analgesic will be offered in the form of nitrous oxide and possibly a premedication depending on the level of anxiety that you express during your intake appointment.
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It depends what kind of anesthesia you would like. Local anesthesia is always used during root canal treatment. You can ask for general anesthesia at additional charge.

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Monika Tyszkowski, DDS
I would certainly think it would be used. You can request anesthesia at any time in most offices, that is, local anesthesia.
Probably 95 percent of all root canals get local anesthetic. If you are not receiving it, you can request it because they will definitely have it.
I would definitely recommend local anesthetics where the tooth is put to sleep. Otherwise you could experience excruciating pain. With anesthetics you will have no pain at all.
Yes, local anesthesia is used, especially on the first visit. If you are apprehensive about discomfort, local anesthesia is appropriate.
Yes. Anesthesia will definitely be used. They will always start by getting you completely numb (which may take a couple of injections if it's a molar on the bottom), and then you just sit back and relax while they work. It's going to be a long, boring, but painless procedure. Good luck!
If you are going to see a root canal specialist, they are usually experts at getting patients numb, so not to worry. The only time anesthesia is not used is if the nerve is already dead, however since the tooth is isolated by a metal clamp and a rubber dam during root canal procedures, most endodontics will use some local anesthesia to place the clamp even if the nerve is dead, because most patients feel that the clamp is uncomfortable.
Local anesthetic will definitely be used. You can speak with the endodontist performing the root canal therapy to request oral sedation and perhaps even nitrous.
Usually a local anesthetic is very sufficient for root canal treatment.
They will use local anesthesia putting you to sleep would be optional and have to be agreed to by yourself and a qualified practitioner

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Dr. Mark Berkowitz