Do You Get Put To Sleep For A Root Canal?

Do You Get Put To Sleep For A Root Canal

A root canal is one of the more dreaded dental procedures, but understanding what it is and what to expect can help alleviate some of the anxiety associated with it.

Here’s an overview of root canals, including answering the question of whether or not you will be put to sleep for a root canal.

What is a Root Canal?

A root canal is a procedure used to treat problems that affect the pulp inside the tooth. The pulp is made up of connective tissue, nerves, and blood vessels and can become infected due to deep decay or trauma to the tooth.

During a root canal, your dentist will remove the infected pulp, clean out the inside of the tooth, and then seal it off with either a filling material or a crown.

What is Dental Anxiety

Dental anxiety is a common problem for many people. It can range from mild uneasiness to severe fear and panic, making it difficult to seek out the dental care they need.

People who suffer from dental anxiety may experience physical symptoms such as sweating, trembling, or an increased heart rate when faced with a visit to the dentist.

They may also feel overwhelmed by negative thoughts about the potential pain or discomfort that comes with dental procedures. Dental anxiety can be treated through relaxation techniques, desensitization therapy, and even medication in more extreme cases.

With these treatments and support from family members and dentists alike, patients can overcome their fears and maintain healthy smiles for years to come.

Do You Get Put To Sleep For A Root Canal?

No, most of the time a patient does not need to be put under anesthesia for a root canal procedure. It is possible for your dentist or endodontist (a specialist who performs root canals) to recommend sedation if you have anxiety about the procedure or if there is extensive damage/infection present in your tooth that needs extra attention and care when removing it from within your mouth.

However, even these cases are rare and most patients do not require being put under general anesthesia for their root canal treatment.

Is It Possible To Have A Root Canal While Sleeping?

In some cases, yes – you can have a root canal while under sedation or general anesthesia if necessary due to anxiety or other issues related to undergoing dental procedures.

However, there are certain criteria that must be met in order for this option to be considered. Your dentist will need to evaluate your medical history, any medications you’re taking, and any other factors before determining if it is safe for you to have a root canal while asleep.

Your dentist may recommend that you take anti-anxiety medication prior to the procedure in order to remain calm and comfortable throughout the process. If you decide to have a root canal while asleep, you will need to make sure that someone is available to drive you home afterward.

Is Sedation Needed For A Root Canal?

The answer depends on how much discomfort you are experiencing and how anxious you may feel during treatment. If you are feeling some discomfort or mild pain, your dentist can provide local anesthesia before starting treatment.

However, if you have severe pain or extreme anxiety about getting a root canal, sedation may be suggested. Sedation dentistry helps people relax during their dental appointment so they will experience fewer feelings of fear and anxiety throughout their procedure.

Local anesthesia combined with sedation dentistry can make your root canal treatment more comfortable and less stressful overall.

Types Of Sedation Used for Root Canals

The type of sedation used for root canals typically depends on factors such as your age, medical history, level of anxiety regarding treatment, as well as other medications being taken simultaneously.

Your dentist may suggest oral conscious sedation (pills taken by mouth), nitrous oxide (laughing gas), intravenous (IV) sedation (administered through an IV line in your arm), or general anesthesia (putting you under).

Generally speaking though, most dentists opt for oral conscious sedation because it allows them to control how deeply you are sedated during treatment while still allowing you to remain awake enough that they can communicate with you during your appointment if needed.


As we’ve discussed here today, while many people assume they will have to be put to sleep for a root canal procedure this isn’t necessarily true!

Depending on factors like age and medical history, as well as levels of pain/anxiety, there are several options available when it comes to providing comfort and relaxation during treatment! Speak with your dentist about which form(s) of sedation would best suit your needs if desired!   

In any case, no matter what option is chosen, rest assured that experienced professionals are available every step of the way who have plenty of experience performing successful procedures time after time!

So don’t fear getting a root canal! With proper preparation beforehand & appropriate levels of comfort provided throughout, this procedure should go smoothly & result in improved oral health in no time! Happy teeth brushing!! 🙂

Dr. Jay Feldman

Dr. Jay Feldman

Dr. Jay Feldman is an experienced and highly-respected dentist with decades of experience in the field for over 10 years. He specializes in root canals and extractions, but he also provides general dentistry services such as check-ups, cleanings, fillings, sealants, and more. He dedicates much of his free time to contributing content for Here.