If you are making an appointment to visit our office, chances are your dentist suspects you may need a root canal. The reasons for needing a root canal vary – perhaps you may be experiencing pain, swelling and sensitivity to heat or cold. You may not have symptoms at all, but your dentist may see something on the x-ray that makes a tooth look “suspicious.” Whatever it is that brings you to a Phoenix endodontist, if you know what to expect at your first visit you can help to manage your expectations accordingly.
It has been said that there are three fears when visiting a dentist: time, money, and pain. Let’s examine those three fears:
Time: A visit to the Phoenix Endodontic Group is not much different than a visit to your dentist. If you are being seen on an emergency basis, staff will be working you in between scheduled patients and will do their best to see that you are comfortable and as pain free as possible as you wait to see the endodontist. Be aware that cases seen by Phoenix endodontists can be more difficult and complex than routine dental visits. This means that the endodontist may have to spend a little more time with the patient before you to take care of their needs. Be assured that both Dr. Jacqueline S. Allen, and Dr. Susan L. Wood will spend whatever time is necessary with you – to alleviate your pain and discomfort.
Money: Receiving quality dental care does indeed cost money and having a root canal is no exception. As you would do before going to make any purchase, be prepared for the financial discussion at the endodontic office. If you have dental insurance it is a good idea to present your insurance card or at least have basic information regarding your dental plan before you go for your appointment. The treatment coordinator will assist with obtaining information from the insurance company, filing the claim, etc. Bear in mind that your benefits represent an agreement between you and your dental insurance company – the endodontic office tries to help facilitate the process, however at times it may be necessary for you to communicate directly with the insurance company for detailed information and questions. The dental insurance company is prohibited by law from discussing certain aspects of coverage with anyone other than you.
Pain: No one likes to hurt – no one likes tooth pain. The endodontists at Phoenix Endodontic Group specialize in alleviating tooth pain and discomfort and get you back to feeling normal as quickly as possible. Over the counter pain medication such as Tylenol, Advil and Alleve are all very effective in fighting pain, swelling and discomfort associated with tooth pain. Additionally, antibiotics such as Amoxicillin will be prescribed to combat infections and a small percentage of patients may require stronger, prescription pain relievers.
The endodontist’s office is usually not first on anyone’s list as a place to hang out. If you ever have to visit one of our Phoenix endodontists, rest assured that we have the experience to treat you with competence and compassion. We will help you to get through the issue that brought you to our office in the first place – and help to manage those three fears: time, money and pain.