(631) 247-0976

Richard L. Marcus, D.D.S. & Associates
23 Southdown Road, Huntington, NY 11743

Painless Root Canals with Anesthesia

It’s a common question: Does a root canal hurt? The answer is no. Getting a root canal feels very similar to getting a filling. Most people are absolutely fine with just local anesthesia to numb the area around the tooth.

However, Dr. Richard Marcus and our friendly team understand that some people are very nervous about root canals, have a severe gag reflex, or have a genuine fear of going to the dentist. That’s why we’ve partnered with board-certified anesthesiologists to offer sleep dentistry and other methods of sedation at our dental office on Long Island. Our patients can get a root canal while sleeping and wake up pain-free and with no memory of the procedure.

Can I Get A Root Canal While Sleeping?

The answer is yes: you can get a root canal while sleeping at our endodontic office on Long Island.

There are two types of sedation to help people feel at ease during their root canal procedure. During conscious sedation, the patient remains awake. During unconscious sedation, the patient is put to sleep.

When you come in for first appointment with our root canal specialists, we’ll discuss which type of sedation is best for your particular situation.

Most people are very comfortable with conscious sedation. One of our skilled endodontists will numb the area around the tooth or teeth with novocaine or a topical anesthetic; the patient remains awake and able to respond to instructions. In some cases, the endodontist may prescribe an oral sedative such as Valium to help the patient feel relaxed.

We also work with board-certified anesthesiologists who use intravenous sedation to help patients feel comfortable. A safe amount of sedative is delivered through an IV. The patient remains awake if only a light dose of anesthesia is delivered. The patient will fall asleep if a heavier dose of anesthesia is administered for the root canal procedure.

Who is a Good Candidate to be Put to Sleep for a Root Canal?

People who choose to be put to sleep for a root canal at our Long Island office are people who want to have no memory of the procedure whatsoever. A licensed anesthesiologist with more than 15 years of experience will administer the anesthesia through an IV to ensure the patient remains safely and comfortably sedated throughout the procedure.

People who want to be asleep for a root canal include:

  • people who are afraid of the dentist
  • people who hate the sounds or smells of the dental office
  • people who have a severe gag reflex
  • people who have trouble keeping their mouths open
  • people with special needs
  • people with dementia, including alzheimer’s
  • people who do not get number thorough novacaine or topical anesthetics
  • people with sensitive teeth
  • people who want to have multiple procedures during one dental visit

Dr. Marcus and the other endodontists can coordinate care with a patient’s general dentist so multiple procedures can be completed during the same visit while the patient is sedated. The general dentist will come to Dr. Marcus’ office and cap the tooth with a crown or perform any other restorative work needed while the patient is asleep.

What Are The Benefits of Having a Root Canal with Anesthesia?

There are several benefits to having a root canal with anesthesia in the comfort of our Huntington, New York dental office. If you’ve ever been put to sleep for an operation at a hospital, then you know the benefits first-hand. You sleep through the procedure, and wake up with no memory of it.

Patients who choose to have a root canal with anesthesia delivered via I.V. will not feel anything during the procedure. Plus, they do not remember the endodontist and team talking or the sound of the dental equipment used. They do not notice the passage of time. They simply fall asleep as the effects of the IV sedation take hold, and then wake up with the procedure is completely finished.

The board-certified anesthesiologists we work with at our Long Island office have more than 15 years of experience in hospital-based anesthesiology. You can trust them to monitor your level of sedation to ensure the highest level of safety and comfort.

There is one more benefit to having a root canal while asleep. We can have your general dentist place the permanent crown or any other needed restorative work while you are safely sedated. That’s a huge benefit for people with dental phobias.

Schedule a Root Canal Consultation Today

Call our root canal specialists today at <b>(631) 247-0976</b> to schedule a consultation. We’ll discuss your options for treatment and answer any questions you have about the best type of sedation for your specific situation.

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From the moment you walk in the office your treated professionally and courteously. Dr. Marcus is clearly an expert in what he does and his personality helped squelch my fear. Great staff as well!

Glenn G.

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Best endodentist ever! Beautiful office, they make you feel so comfortable and Dr. Marcus did an amazing job on my root canal! Everything went smoothly and no pain after the procedure. Highly recommended.

Jackie C.

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Could not say enough about how professional both Dr. Marcus and his staff are. I had a pretty painful tooth issue that my normal dentist immediately assessed would need a root canal back in April. I quickly made an appointment with Dr. Marcus. I was treated amazingly by both the staff setting me up, the assistant in the room helping Dr . Marcus and most importantly, the skill and compassion from D…

Mark H.

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Dr. Marcus patiently waited over an hour for me to get numb and took care of a badly infected tooth that had me in misery for three days. The pain is gone now and I have my tooth. Thanks a million, Dr. Marcus, to you and your staff!

Irma P.

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I’ve had root canal treatments from three different endodontists, two of them being the main ones in Huntington. I know for sure that Dr. Marcus is by far your best choice. His office is very nice and comfortable and his front desk staff members are very nice. There’s a keurig coffee maker in the waiting room so I always have a nice cup of coffee while I’m waiting. He runs very close to on t…

Karen B.

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Dr. Marcus patiently waited over an hour for me to get numb and took care of a badly infected tooth that had me in misery for three days. The pain is gone now and I have my tooth. Thanks a million, Dr. Marcus, to you and your staff!

Irma P.

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Dr Marcus and his staff always go the extra mile and provide unparalleled medical care and service. He has been treating me for years and I can’t imagine going anywhere else. He is not only a skilled clinician but the nicest person you’ll ever meet. Would recommend him to all my friends and family.

Nora R.

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I absolutely love the staff here , I called with an emergency at 10 pm and dr marcus called me back and offered to Open the office in order to help me get comfortable I think that is amazing service. The following morning he saw me at 645 am and the staff was so nice and understanding they really helped with the anxiety I was feeling.. The staff even followed up with me the following day. They jus…

Ashley T.

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Wow!! I was so nervous coming to the Endo dentist for my first time. This Endo dentist and office staff made me feel comfortable, relaxed, and the awesome staff answered any questions I had….I would definitely recommend this Endo dentist to anyone!! My pain is gone

Kerri K.

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Completely competent, friendly and pain-free dentistry!!!!!

Thurston O.

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This is a wonderful office. Dr Marcus got to the root (just a small pun intended!) of two problems in the summer of 2015. He is an amazing endodontist and did everything he could to make me a pain free person.

Susan R.

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Excellent, fast. Great experience!

Tracey V.

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Dr Marcus and his staff are absolutely amazing. Needed to get my 8 year old daughter in for a broken tooth. They were more then accommodating. They were able to give me an appointment the same day. Dr Marcus made my daughter laugh and made her feel at ease. Absolutely wonderful doctor. The staff from the front desk girls to the MA were amazing. Highly recommend this office.

Christy L.

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I have been a patient of Rick Marcus for a number of years and have always found him to be outstanding. He works practically without any discomfort with root canals and is always using the latest proven techniques. He is highly skilled and has a perfect touch. Today I had a periodontal cleaning with a new hygienist named Julie and that too was an excellent experience. This is an office that consis…

Michael G.

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Dr. Marcus is so kind, patient, and professional. You can’t find better care on Long Island. Highly recommended!!!!

Dave R.

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Dr Marcus is a consumate professional who always takes the time to fully explain all conditions and options available to you in a comprehensive and yet understandable manor. His professionalism, including his staff, are unequaled to any other office I have been to. I could not give a higher recommendation to any individual. Sincerely, John O’Brien

Ann M.

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Dr. Marcus made my daughter’s root canal experience one that she will remember in a positive way. In fact, she laughed and smiled through the experience instead of having the fear that she usually has. Not only was Dr. Marcus amazing but his staff was as well. They spent an extra hour helping me through an insurance issue! I highly recommend using Dr. Marcus for your child or yourself!!

Linda B.

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Dr. Marcus is amazing! When I needed emergency root canal over the Christmas holiday, he not only made sure to get me on the calendar immediately, but treated me as if I was one of his own patients. I live in Philadelphia and was told by my local dentist that I was SOL as they were closed for the holiday (without coverage). I’d tried calling several other oral surgeons, but none of them would se…

Greg E.

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Dr. Marcus is the best doctor I have ever visited hands down. He was so attentive and helped me to locate the pain that no other dentist could. I tell all my friends and family to go to him – 100% the best!

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Dr. Marcus answered an emergency call I placed to my own dentist. He was on-call for the week-end and he took care of my problem in a kind and efficient manner. Thank you Dr. Marcus for being such a caring professional!❤️

Patricia P.

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(631) 247-0976