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Can You Drive After A Root Canal?

Facing a root canal procedure can be a nerve-wracking experience for many people. You may have various concerns and questions about what to expect during and after the treatment. One common question that often arises is whether it’s safe to drive home after a root canal in Glastonbury. In this blog, we’ll provide you with a comprehensive answer to this question and offer some additional insights into root canal aftercare.


Before delving into whether it’s safe to drive after a root canal, let’s briefly understand what a root canal is. A root canal is a dental procedure performed to save a severely infected or damaged tooth. During the procedure, the dentist removes the infected or damaged pulp inside the tooth, cleans the space, and then seals it to prevent further infection. It’s a relatively common and effective dental treatment designed to relieve pain and save your natural tooth.


The answer to this question depends on several factors, including the complexity of your root canal, the type of anesthesia used, and your personal comfort level. Here are some key points to consider:

Anesthesia: In most cases, local anesthesia is used to numb the area around the tooth being treated. This means that you should be fully alert and capable of driving after the procedure.

However, if you receive sedation or general anesthesia due to extreme anxiety or the complexity of the root canal, it’s essential to arrange for someone to drive you home. Sedation can leave you feeling groggy, and it’s unsafe to operate a vehicle under its influence.

Pain and Discomfort: You may experience some pain and discomfort after a root canal, which is usually manageable with over-the-counter pain relievers. If you feel relatively comfortable and alert after the procedure, driving should not pose a problem. However, it’s a good idea to have someone accompany you to the appointment in case you’re not feeling up to driving afterward.

Individual Variation: Everyone reacts differently to dental procedures, including root canals. Some people might feel perfectly fine to drive immediately after, while others may need some time to recover.


Whether or not you drive home after your root canal, it’s crucial to follow these aftercare tips for a smooth recovery:

  • Rest: Allow yourself some time to rest and recover. Avoid strenuous activities on the day of the procedure.
  • Pain Management: Take any prescribed medications as directed and consider over-the-counter pain relievers if necessary. Always follow your dentist’s recommendations.
  • Diet: Stick to soft, easy-to-chew foods for a few days to minimize any discomfort when biting.
  • Oral Hygiene: Continue with your regular oral hygiene routine, but be gentle around the treated tooth. Avoid vigorous brushing or flossing in the immediate area.
  • Follow-Up: Attend any scheduled follow-up appointments with your dentist to ensure that the healing process is going smoothly.


At PS Dental, we’re committed to providing you with comprehensive dental care in a comfortable and caring environment. If you’re in Glastonbury and have been putting off a root canal due to concerns about the procedure or post-procedure logistics like driving, don’t hesitate to reach us at (860) 266-1828. Dr. Sinha and our team are here to answer all your questions and provide the highest quality dental care. Schedule your appointment today and let us help you maintain your beautiful smile.

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2 months ago
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Michelle G.
2 months ago
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2 months ago
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Suparna Banerjee
2 months ago
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Stupidly Simple
2 months ago
Beautiful and clean office and incredibly friendly staff and hygienists. I haven’t met the dentist yet, but my husband has and really liked them. We will be returning here as our regular dentist.
Briana Mangiacapra
2 months ago
Dr. Sinha is the Best Dentist I EVER went to ! With quality work ! Just bring Your Ins. cards, Medicaid or get CREDIT CARE, or use CASH!, or Credit Card. Anyway, the other services for Teeth cleaning by the Dental Hygienist is great also ! You can bearly feel her cleaning your teeth. And the Dental Asst’s are great too ! Plus the FRONT Desk staff and Manager! By the way ! This is not CHEAP Work ! and don’t expect CHEAP prices for Cosmetic work, just get your consultation for more Information. He does must Dental work! He also closed my Gaps with a Bridge. He does mostly ALL Dental work or Procedures. Thank you, P.S. DENTAL
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3 months ago
I was in search of a new dentist after relocating to the area. Came across PS Dental and was very pleased with the overall service, quant office and service team. Amanda (hygienist) was very professional and her cleaning was painless. Morgan (front office) response time was beyond expectations and she was able to answer my many inquiries. 10/10 experience overall and I will be having my wife come over as a new patient hopefully soon!
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4 months ago
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