REMEMBER TO BRING THESE ITEMS WITH YOU
(1) Referral form from your dentist
(2) A list of medications you are presently taking
(3) Insurance card
SCHEDULING FOR TREATMENT
With a completed referral form from your general dentist and a forwarded X-ray, we will be happy to schedule for endodontic treatment. **A parent or guardian must accompany all patients under 18.**
SCHEDULING FOR A CONSULTATION
If your dentist is uncertain if you need endodontic treatment, or if you have a complex medical history, or unmanaged dental anxiety, then you will need to schedule for a consultation appointment. **A parent or guardian must accompany all patients under 18.**
WHEN WE WILL REQUEST X-RAYS
If you are scheduling for treatment, not for a consultation, then we will need X-rays from your dentist's office. Normally, your dentist's office will be able to forward your X-rays to our office. That way, we will know how much time to schedule for your treatment.
YOUR CURRENT MEDICATIONS
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.
DURING YOUR APPOINTMENT
Most endodontic treatments will take a little less than an hour, once you are completely numb and the endodontist begins to work. We will always use a dental dam (rubber dam) and use a microscope to perform your treatments. It is of utmost importance that you are able to be still with your mouth open during treatment. Your endodontist is working under a microscope with tiny instruments. If you can imagine, movement and shifting is not recommended :-). We will use a mouth prop to assist you in holding your mouth open. If you have any doubts that you are able to be completely comfortable during your treatment, please refer to our COMFORT page for guidance.
EATING AFTER YOUR TREATMENT
The most common question we hear is "when can I eat" after our patients' treatments. So, we ask that while your mouth is numb, adhere to eating only very soft or liquid foods. Otherwise, you may accidentally bite your cheek or your tongue! If your dentist asked that we seal your tooth with a temporary filling, we ask that you wait an hour for the temporary material to set up before you start your very soft food or liquid diet. Once you have full feeling back in your mouth, you may resume your usual diet with care.
RESUMING DAILY ACTIVITIES
If you have used only local anesthetic and laughing gas, you may drive and return to your usual daily activities. If you elect to use oral sedation or IV sedation, you must go home to rest after your treatment. Additionally, if you elect to use oral sedation or IV sedation, you must have a friend or family member drive you home.