Before Endodontic Treatment

Pre-Root Canal Instructions

This procedure will be performed using local anesthesia. There are usually no restrictions after the procedure concerning driving or returning to work. A doctor is available for consultation at all times should a problem arise after your treatment. Today, getting root canal treatment is often no more uncomfortable than having a restoration (cavity filled).

Continue all medications for blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid problems and any other conditions as recommended by your physician. If there is a question, please call our office prior to your appointment.

Please eat a full breakfast or lunch, if possible. We mainly request you eat breakfast or lunch because you will be quite numb after your procedure and it is difficult to eat while the dental anesthesia is wearing off.

If you have been advised by your physician or dentist to use antibiotic premedication because of mitral valve prolapse (MVP), heart murmur, hip, knee, cardiac or other prosthesis, or if you have rheumatic heart disease, please make sure you are on the appropriate antibiotic on the day of your appointment. If there is a question, please call our office prior to your appointment.

If you can take ibuprofen (Advil) or naproxen sodium (Aleve), it does help reduce inflammation when taken pre-operatively. We recommend 2 tablets of either medication 2-4 hours before endodontic therapy.

We like our patients to feel comfortable and relaxed.  Often, the dental office seems to be on the chilly side.  We recommend you bring a sweater to keep you warm. Feel free to bring headphones, an iPad, a book/e-book, etc. to occupy your time while waiting for your treatment.  

If you have any questions, please call our office at 215-735-1131