Before Endodontic Treatment

The procedure will be performed using local anesthesia. There are usually no restrictions after the procedure concerning driving or returning to work/school. Similarly, you can expect to resume eating and drinking normally once the anesthesia has worn off. Contact phone numbers will be provided upon completion of the treatment should a problem arise after your treatment.

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 as applicable.

If you have been advised by your physician or referring dentist to use antibiotic premedication because of mitral valve prolapse (MVP), heart murmur, hip, knee, cardiac or other prosthesis, or if you have had rheumatic heart disease, please make sure you are on the appropriate antibiotic on the day of your appointment. You only need to pre-medicate for a treatment appointment (and not for an evaluation appointment).  If there is a question, please call our office prior to your appointment.

If you can take ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) or naproxen sodium (Aleve), it does help reduce inflammation when taken pre-operatively. We typically recommend 800mg of ibuprofen or 500mg of naproxen sodium an hour before endodontic therapy. In fact, we recommend taking this same NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) an hour before all non-surgical dental appointments with treatment in the referring general dentist’s office, too.