Root Canal

United States
January 29, 2010 7:56am CST
So yesterday I had the second part of my root canal done, and it was excruciating. The stress it puts on a person is amazing. I am so sore right now and the doctor did not give me anything for the pain. It's raining here too and the rain seems to make it throb worse. I had four roots done yesterday and it took over almost two hours. I was getting so frustrated because all I wanted was to be out of there. I have a phobia with teeth and nightmares about them falling out and such, so the dentist is no fun for me. I don't think it's fun for anyone. What have your experiences been and how do you deal with going to the dentist?
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• Philippines
29 Jan 10
Hello illfavors! I have had my root canal done a long time ago. It really hurts big time. Even if they would inject some anesthesia,it still hurts. I hope I would never undergo the same thing again. Tooth extraction would be fine. But root canal... oh well...
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@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
29 Jan 10
Ow!! I feel for you, root canals are not fun. I've had a couple over the years too. I have to agree with the one above poster who mentioned the twilight sleep. For me, that is the only way to go because I'm 'almost under' but still awake enough. I can't believe these dentists who never prescribe anything for pain! It's obvious they probably never had a root canal themselves and aren't aware of how much pain it can actually cause. I think every dentist should have to have the proceedure once just to understand what us poor patients have to go through, I'm sure they don't have a clue lol. The last one I had the Dr said I should take Tylenol for the 'discomfort' if I have any..and that didn't even begin to touch it! Discomfort?! Duh...more like: pain. How do I deal with it? If I can't get the twilight sleep, then I just do as best as I can and try and tune them out. By that I mean I close my eyes think about something else, like being on a vacation or something.
• United States
29 Jan 10
I gave the doctor a call and he gave me some pain medication and some antibiotics as well. I feel a lot better now. It will be over with in a couple of days, the pain I mean. I now have to wait a week or two to get my crown done. This was the second root canal I have had on this tooth and I was lucky that it was able to be saved, because if not, I would have to get a bridge and those jokers are expensive. So I feel blessed.
@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
30 Jan 10
Thank heavens he finally gave you something! Antibiotics are a good idea too. Glad to hear that you're feeling a lot better. Hope you're feeling even more better tomorrow:-)
• Philippines
30 Jan 10
There has been a lot of medical breakthroughs that really helped sick people.Not only did they make pain management easier but made some helped people save money as well. I am afraid of the dentist too , so i hope there will be more dental researches or developments that would make it less painful for us to be under the mercy of the dentist.
@hexeduser22 (5854)
• Philippines
30 Jan 10
Root canal is expensive right? I'm not comfortable with dentist or any other doctor so to say. I was considering to have a root canal in the future but upon reading this I changed my mind Drink some painkillers
@nijolechu (1845)
• Canada
30 Jan 10
Yes, I have a root canal before. It was a real painful experience because I wasn't sedated for it. I had to get those long needles in my mouth to inject and to dull the pain. But I still managed to feel the pain of the root canal still. My mouth and jaw were swollen for a few days after too. So keep your teeth healthy so you don't have to go through a root canal experience.
@ebuscat (5949)
• Philippines
30 Jan 10
For me I'm afraid that my tooth maybe not totally get and have many blood because I'm not yet experience of tooth problem at my age 29.
@shylade (3137)
• Philippines
30 Jan 10
we have the same fear iilfavors. i am also afraid of going to dentist. my phobia starts way back when i was a child. one tooth of mine must be extracted. its so painful, and have some puss on it. but the dentist insist to extract it that moment. its so painful that i really breakdown. there are 4 of them holding me coz i am breaking. LOL. funny but that coz me so much fear of going to dentist until now. so what i do now is to take care of my teeth so i will not go often to the dentist. though we need to go for check up atleast twice a year. i really do not know how to cope up with this.
@cycle6060 (118)
• India
30 Jan 10
I absolutely agree with you, its a terror. I've had five root canals done so far and I hope I am not subject to anther one. But I distinctly remember my dentist giving me some anasthesia though it wasn't very helpful. Phobias can't be avoided. You just have to handle it, I guess. You can't avoid the dentist and neglect your teeth. So be brave.
• United States
29 Jan 10
Find a dentist that does sedation denistry. You will not care how long you are in the chair or what they do. You are awake but can not feel anything. It is the best thing I have ever found. Typically they give you two pills to take. One the night before the work and one the morning of. It is a sleeping pill of sorts. You will have to have some to drive you to and from the dentist though.