Will dentists put you under for a root canal?


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Bob M.

From my multiple experiences with root canals, they normally do not administer general anesthesia but it might depend on the severity of the case.

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yes. they do.. but its local anesthesia.

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Marina A.

It isn't an option given by the majority of dentists for a root canal, as they prefer to use milder sedatives and anesthetic. But there are dentists who do it. These dentists tend to specialize in dealing with nervous patients....Read More

Dora H.

I was fine with local anesthesia for my root canal to numb the area around the tooth. If you're extremely anxious or frightened, however, or have special health needs, most dentists give you the option of sedation or general anesthesia....Read More


It depends on the situation and the patient's preference. Some dentists may offer local anesthesia to numb the area around the tooth being worked on, while others may offer conscious sedation or general anesthesia to help patients feel more comfortable and relaxed during the root canal procedure. The use of anesthesia will be discussed with the patient before the procedure, and the dentist will determine the best course of action based on the complexity of the case and the patient's medical history....Read More