Considering IV Sedation for Root Canal Treatment?

Root Canal Treatment is often one of the scariest sounding treatments to patients

Hello, it’s Dr Kaly here. I’d like to shed some light on a procedure that often carries with it a touch of apprehension: Root Canal Treatment and using IV Sedation.

I hope to clarify some misconceptions and perhaps ease any concerns you might have.

We provide IV Sedation alongside Root Canal Treatment for patients who are nervous about undergoing treatment. If you’d like to arrange an appointment, please get in touch.

First things first..

What is a Root Canal Treatment?

To me, it’s one of the stand out procedures a Dentist can perform.  Why? Because it can save a tooth so from a dental health perspective, it has a huge impact.

A Root Canal can really rescue a tooth that might otherwise have to be removed, ensuring your smile remains as natural as possible.

Within the tooth, there’s a central chamber and canals that contain the tooth’s nerve and blood vessels. Sometimes, due to decay or injury, this can get infected.

And left untreated, this can lead to pain, swelling, and even loss of the tooth.

The Procedure Itself

As your dentist, I would gently remove the infected tissue from within, clean and disinfect the canals, and then fill them to seal out any future infections.

To perform a thorough and durable Root Canal, this typically means two appointments, spread 2-3 weeks apart, each one hour to 90 minutes in length.

Using IV Sedation

Sedation can be a game-changer for those who are anxious about undergoing Root Canal Treatment. If you want to save your tooth, but struggle with the idea of sitting in the dental chair that long, consider IV Sedation.

The medicine involved, called Midazolam, helps you relax and makes the procedure more comfortable and less stressful.

t places you in a dream-like state where you’re deeply relaxed but still responsive.

Many patients describe IV Sedation as feeling “in between sleep and wakefulness”. You’ll be aware of what’s happening, but you’ll feel detached, almost distant from the proceedings of the treatment.

Is the Root Canal Pain Free?

During a root canal, the primary objective is to remove infection and save your tooth.

To ensure you’re comfortable throughout, Local Anaesthetic is administered, numbing the tooth and surrounding area.

We always ensure enough clinical time for the Local Anaesthetic (LA) to fully kick in and work for you.

You might feel a bit of pressure during the procedure. A tug here or a pull there. But pain? That’s what we aim to keep at bay. With sedation options also available, your comfort can be further enhanced, ensuring the entire process is smooth and stress free.


Root Canal Treatment is often one of the scariest sounding treatments to patients.

I hope that this dive into the world of IV Sedation and Root Canals has offered clarity and a small sense of understanding and relief.

At the core of it all, my primary goal is to offer a comforting environment, coupled with procedures that champion your dental health.  IV Sedation can indeed make the journey smoother and less daunting.

If there’s one takeaway, it’s this: your comfort, safety, and dental health are paramount to us at Danbury Dental Care.

Whenever you’re ready, my dedicated team are here, eager to ensure your smile shines bright and pain-free.

Begin your dental journey.  Contact us and one of our team will help to book your appointment.