Don’t be afraid of dental root canals.
Essentially from birth, most Americans are taught to fear the dentist. Dentists are depicted in cartoons as scary people with drills who are intent on pulling teeth from children’s mouths. By the time most people reach adulthood, it’s been so ingrained in them to fear the dentist that they get anxious when they walk into dental clinics. Those ingrained messages of fear are strong, and it makes people either hate going to the dentist or it makes them not go at all.
Many people are scared about specific things at the dentist’s office, such as having a needle put into their gums or having a tooth pulled. The reality of these types of operations is much different than what people envision in their minds. Sure, you feel a little prick when a dentist puts a shot of Novocaine into your mouth, but most kids have had worse when they scrape their knees on the ground. The truth of the matter is that getting a needle placed in your gums really doesn’t hurt bad at all, no matter how sensitive you are to pain. Being afraid of the dentist simply isn’t rooted in reality, but that’s not how phobias work. Once people are scared, there’s relatively little that anyone can do to dissuade them of their fear.
Another great example of something that’s not nearly as bad as people envision it to be are dental root canals. In case you aren’t familiar with exactly what a dental root canal is, it’s a procedure whereby the dentist removes the tooth and then digs out the tooth’s roots because they have become infected with puss. Put simply, a root canal is not only a dental extraction, but it’s also removing the roots of that tooth so as to prevent an infection in the mouth from spreading to other parts of the mouth. Sure, it sounds pretty bad, but it’s actually relatively routine. Most dentists practicing today have performed hundreds, if not thousands of dental root canals, and it’s a pretty straightforward procedure. They simply give the patient Novocain in the infected area, wait for it to kick in, and then remove the tooth and roots. The patient can barely even feel the procedure apart from a slight bit of pressure in their mouth, and the whole thing is done in less than an hour. It’s understandable why people would be afraid of root canals given all of the messaging they receive about dentists throughout their life, but the actual procedure itself is simple, painless, and quick. There’s really nothing to be afraid of.
Therefore, the next time a dentist like those at Wohrman Dental Group tells you that you need to have a root canal, simply walk to the front desk and make your appointment like it’s no big deal, and do this because it really isn’t a big deal. From the moment you walk into the dentist’s office until the procedure is over, the only slight pain that you’re going to feel is when they give you your Novocaine shot, and that’s nothing to get all worked up about.