All-Natural Approaches To Less Painful Root Canal Therapy

Posted on: 28 October 2015

You might be wondering about the possibility of less-painful root canal therapy without medications. There are some techniques that can help. You may still want to be numbed for the procedure since a root canal involves work in close approximation to the nerves in your gums and teeth, but pre- and post approaches to any pain you might feel can lessen it significantly.  

All Natural Approach to Preventing Extra Pain Before Your Root Canal

Many people have a heightened sense of anxiety when it comes to major dental work. That heightened anxiety can actually increase the pain you feel after the procedure as well as increase sensitivity prior to the procedure. Although it may be easier said than done, going into the dental chair in the most relaxed state you can achieve will reduce that sensitivity as well as pain after your root canal. To get to a non-medicated and relaxed state, try some of the following techniques:

  • Yoga or pilates breathing methods
  • Meditation
  • Chamomile tea or other herbal teas that are meant to relax you
  • Ingest a dose of melatonin, a natural sleep aid which will relax you

Wearing loose-fitting clothing and avoiding caffeinated beverages at least three hours before your appointment also helps.

All Natural Approach to Reducing Pain After Your Root Canal

Once the novocaine has worn off, you may begin to feel some pain. If you truly want to avoid ingesting or using pharmaceutical pain relievers, you should allow your body to develop its own response to pain. The body's natural response to any wound or type of pain is to release endorphins, which when left uninhibited to work on their own, effectively decrease pain and cause you to forget that something hurts. This is witnessed in natural childbirth when mothers refuse medication and their bodies respond by releasing endorphins in order to help them get through the labor and delivery process. Endorphins are calming and pain-relieving hormones the body naturally produces when dealing with pain. 

Ergo, the best way to feel less pain after your procedure is to let the body do what it naturally does- relieve its own discomfort. It may be momentarily excruciating, but after a little while, you will not feel much pain at all in the area of your root canal. When combined with pre-surgical calming techniques, the all natural post-surgical technique results in a drug-free and less painful root canal.