How much work can a sedation dentist do in one visit?


Can you tell me how much work a sedation dentist can get done in 1 visit? I need 2 root canals and crowns and there is no way I will let my regular dentist do it. He does a good job but he is very slow. The longer I am in the dental chair the worse I start feeling. I even get nauseous. So I’m thinking about finding a sedation dentist because I think that dentist could maybe finish all of the work without me having to go back and forth to the dentist. Before I commit I want to know on average how much work a sedation dentist can complete in 1 visit. What is the average? Thanks. Johanne

Johanne – There is no set average for the amount of work a sedation dentist can complete in a single visit. The time it will take for your treatment depends on several factors:

  1. The complexity of the dental treatment – Some dental procedures, such as a dental filling, can be straightforward and relatively simple compared to other procedures. Still, care must be taken to prepare the tooth and ensure the filling will last. Other treatments, such as a root canal treatment and dental crowns, take longer. Root canal treatment removes infection from the tooth. The infection is cleaned out, the tooth is disinfected, and a dental filler material is used to replace the tooth pulp. Impressions are taken of your tooth for a crown to be made. In about two weeks, you will need to return to the office to have the lab-made crown bonded to your natural tooth.
  2. The dentist’s experience – The more experience a dentist has with a particular treatment, usually the faster he or she can complete the procedure. Each patient’s case is different, and unexpected issues can occur and lengthen the time it takes to complete a procedure.
  3. Your tolerance – Even with sedation dentistry, some patients only want to spend a limited amount of time in a dental chair. Your preference will be taken into consideration.

We suggest that you schedule consultations with at least two sedation dentists who have experience in the treatment you need. Find out what level of sedation each dentist provides, and get an estimate on the treatment time for your root canal procedure and dental crowns.

This post is sponsored by Lowell, MA dentist Dr. Michael Szarek.

Need a pain free dentist and a blindfold this time to get a tooth pulled


I’ve already had 2 teeth extracted and each time it was so very painful. On the 2nd tooth the dentist had a hard time getting it out and I could feel every pull on it. Now I am getting a bad toothache in a left lower molar and I am dreading getting it out. I am hoping that I can get blindfolded and maybe doubled up on the anesthetic so I won’t feel it this time. Is there a way that my dentist can just make it pain free or am I going to have to start looking for another dentist? Zach

Zach – A toothache doesn’t necessarily mean that your tooth needs to be extracted. The tooth is probably infected, which causes pain. If that’s the case, a root canal treatment is all you will need. After that, the tooth is protected with a dental crown.

Photo of a blonde man smiling, for pain free dentistry in Lowell, MA from Dr. Michael Szarek.

Sedation dentistry can help you have a pain-free appointment.

Rather than being blindfolded and receiving more local anesthetic than usual—or more than is safe—receiving sedation is a better alternative. The anti-anxiety medication you receive from a dentist is taken before your appointment. So you’ll need transportation to the appointment, but you’ll come in relaxed.

Sedation also decreases your sensitivity to pain. Is your dentist a gentle dentist? If so, he or she even knows how to make the numbing injection pain free!

But again, don’t get overly anxious. A root canal treatment can be painless from start to finish. You just have to find the right dentist. And that won’t be hard to do. If you think you need to switch dentists to get gentle treatment, do your research early. Schedule consultations with a few sedation dentists, discuss your concerns, and ask what he or she does to ensure that your treatment is pain free.


This post is sponsored by Lowell, MA dentist Dr. Michael Szarek.

Is my toothache making me dizzy?


I have a toothache that comes and goes. It’s been going on for two or three months now. I haven’t done anything about it yet but my dentist says that I need a root canal. I thought I just needed a new filling. Within the past two weeks I’ve noticed dizziness with certain movements. It doesn’t happen all of the time but it is very noticeable when it does happen. Could the toothache be causing the dizziness? Denise

Denise – Your dentist likely recommended the root canal because your tooth is infected. An infected tooth and abscess can cause you to feel lightheaded and use your balance. This is a result of an infection that has spread and begun to affect the nerves of the ears, which affects your balance.

Make an appointment with your dentist. He or she will prescribe an antibiotic for the infection as a temporary measure until you receive the root canal treatment. An infection that goes untreated will continue to spread and cause more health problems.

Many patients delay root canal treatment because they have heard stories about how painful the procedure is, or how the root canal treatment went bad. The treatment can be relatively pain free. Your dentist will prepare your gums and teeth to help you feel little or no pain at all.

It is best to promptly seek treatment to stop the infection.

This blog post is courtesy of Lowell Dentist Dr. Michael Szarek.