Although having a root canal is typically painless, you may be anxious or apprehensive about the procedure. You may have had a previous bad experience, or just find the whole idea worrisome. Our office has TV’s with headphones in every operatory to help as a distraction and even entertain you during the procedure. If just distracting you doesn’t ease your mind, Keystone Endodontics offers Nitrous Oxide. N2O is a sweet-smelling, non-irritating, colorless gas. During the procedure, you breathe a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen through a mask that is placed over your nose. Nitrous oxide does not put you to sleep. You will still receive lidocaine (Novocain) for your root canal procedure. The area around the involved tooth will be numb, so you will not feel anything and the nitrous oxide will lessen anxiety and create a relaxed, or even euphoric, feeling. Nitrous oxide works very quickly and wears off quickly. The level of relaxation can be adjusted by changing the concentration of nitrous oxide. After the procedure, you will breathe pure oxygen until all of the effects of the nitrous oxide are gone. Nitrous oxide/oxygen sedation is the least predictable and we recommend it only if you know that it is effective for you.
You will be able to drive after this type of sedation. You may resume your normal daily activities immediately.