Before Treatment

Before Endodontic Treatment

Your procedure will be performed using local anesthesia. There are usually no restrictions after the procedure concerning driving or returning to work unless you have been sedated. Call our office with any questions or concerns prior to your appointment.

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.

If you have been advised by your physician or dentist to use antibiotic premedication because of specific heart conditions or artificial joint prosthesis or implanted hardware, 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.

Always eat a full breakfast or lunch as usual.

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.

NOTE: If you are scheduled for an evaluation appointment only, please avoid taking any pain medication at least 4 hours prior to your visit. This will better allow the doctors to pinpoint the origin of your pain and provide an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

Nitrous oxide (laughing gas): we recommend eating light as nausea and vomiting can sometimes occur with a full stomach.

IV Sedation with the anesthesiologist: morning appointments (before 1:00pm), do not eat or drink after midnight the night before your appointment. For afternoon appointments (after 1:00pm) with IV sedation, do not eat or drink at least 6 hours prior to your appointment.