So what should you expect on the day you come to see us? Well, a lot of friendly smiles, for one. But beyond that, you'll sit down in our comfy greeting room to fill out some paperwork (or you can get that out of the way right now, if you'd prefer). One of our friendly dental assistants will then review your chart, chat with you about your problem, and take some x-rays of your teeth. Easy peasy, right?
After that, your endodontist -- either Dr. Steven Raphael or Dr. Donald Raphael -- will look everything over and sit down with you to explain what's going on. Once you know the diagnosis, we'll decide whether to begin treatment right away or to schedule another visit. The entire process usually takes a little over an hour, but don't worry: Once we get going, we'll give you local anesthesia to keep everything nice and numb while we're working. We can even sedate you completely, if you're feeling especially anxious. Either way, most procedures are almost painless.
Unless you opt for that full sedation, you should be able to drive yourself home as soon as your procedure is over -- in fact, you could even return to work if you really want to. Some people have mild discomfort for a few days after a procedure, but over-the-counter pain killers are usually enough to take care of it. If you're having a surgical treatment, you'll still be able to drive but should plan on a few days of recovery time before getting back into your normal routine.
If you want the nitty-gritty on the procedures we'll do or the advanced technology we'll use, you can read about all of that stuff here. But know that our job is to find the best option for you and to make sure you understand what we're doing every step of the way. And the vast majority of the time, we're able to complete your treatment in a single appointment so you don't have to come back to see us any more than necessary (unless you really just miss us and want to say hello -- hey, we're pretty nice people).