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Has anyone had root canal under general anaesthetic?
If you did, where did you go?

It’s looking highly likely that I’ll need root canal but bc of my anxiety and sensory issues, there’s no way I can do it unless I’m fully unconscious and I know that a normal dentist usually isn’t qualified to use anaesthesia
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Has anyone had root canal under general anaesthetic?
If you did, where did you go?

It’s looking highly likely that I’ll need root canal but bc of my anxiety and sensory issues, there’s no way I can do it unless I’m fully unconscious and I know that a normal dentist usually isn’t qualified to use anaesthesia
If you speak to your dentist they should be able to refer you to hospital to have it done under sedation. If you have a diagnosis for those issues it should be easy for them to do so, but I’m pretty sure it’s allowed even if you’re just nervous.
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Root canal surgery involves pain, and if you haven't got game, don't put yourself through that shame. No seriously...operate on yourself or try meditation to place your mind elsewhere........I had root canal surgery when I was 8 and lord I haven't walked the same since.
I would highly advise that you go ahead with the treatment you need OP. Root canals done by professional dentists are a highly practised and refined procedure, that should have no lasting non-beneficial effects. Your dentist will not have recommended this treatment without a reason, so it’s very important you have it. Contrary to popular belief, leaving issues in your mouth is not safe. Yes it’s scary, no one denies that, but your dentist will understand and it’s really good that you are thinking of ways to make it easier for yourself.
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I've only had root canals done with local anaesthetic. Honestly the anaesthetic injection was the most painful part, the root canal itself didn't feel like anything other than some vibration in your mouth. One time they had to clamp my tooth and that did hurt after the anaesthetic wore off, but otherwise honestly the whole process was a lot less of a big deal than root canals usually get made out to be in popular media.

Some dentists do specialise in patients with anxiety and/or using sedation, so speak with your dentist about your anxieties and they should be able to recommend some options and/or refer you to another dentist. I did once end up with one of these dentists (not because I had anxiety, just because they were the one free for my appointment), I didn't get sedated or anything but they did presumably have the same general manner of dealing with anxious patients, which I found mostly annoying and a little patronizing tbh. I could see how it might help anxious and/or younger patients who weren't sedated I suppose though!

You may also want to speak with your GP about your anxieties to see if they can recommend anything in terms of potential therapy etc, outside of the immediate specific context of having this dental work done - because as stated, there's really nothing to it and if you are having undue anxiety due to the prospect this is something you might need to address outside of finding a way to get the dental work done in the meantime.
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I would highly advise that you go ahead with the treatment you need OP. Root canals done by professional dentists are a highly practised and refined procedure, that should have no lasting non-beneficial effects. Your dentist will not have recommended this treatment without a reason, so it’s very important you have it. Contrary to popular belief, leaving issues in your mouth is not safe. Yes it’s scary, no one denies that, but your dentist will understand and it’s really good that you are thinking of ways to make it easier for yourself.
Don’t twist my words, I’m not refusing treatment, I’m refusing to be conscious during treatment.

I know how big of an issue this can become and I’ve researched it as much as I can but one topic that’s not so easy to gather information on is the use of general anaesthesia during a root canal as opposed to light sedation
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I would highly advise that you go ahead with the treatment you need OP. Root canals done by professional dentists are a highly practised and refined procedure, that should have no lasting non-beneficial effects. Your dentist will not have recommended this treatment without a reason, so it’s very important you have it. Contrary to popular belief, leaving issues in your mouth is not safe. Yes it’s scary, no one denies that, but your dentist will understand and it’s really good that you are thinking of ways to make it easier for yourself.
Also that wasn’t me, don’t know who it is but that quote isn’t from me as the OP
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Don’t twist my words, I’m not refusing treatment, I’m refusing to be conscious during treatment.

I know how big of an issue this can become and I’ve researched it as much as I can but one topic that’s not so easy to gather information on is the use of general anaesthesia during a root canal as opposed to light sedation
Oh no I never thought that you did, I only said that because I didn’t want you reading that post and then thinking that it was a bad thing, because I didn’t think that Anon #2 was being particularly constructive.

I think you should ask your dentist about the general anaesthetic as I said before but I think sedation is the usual procedure for adults. Sedation will still do the same job though.

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Also that wasn’t me, don’t know who it is but that quote isn’t from me as the OP
Yes I know, as above
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