Ascent Family Dental believes whole heartedly in the 3 C’s: patient care, concerns, and comfort. Many dental procedures can require the aid of a numbing agent in order to avoid as much discomfort as possible. Very few people walk into a dental office without concerns. Many of the biggest and most serious patient concerns in dental care tend to be pain related. Modern technology has allowed us to adopt a computerized injection system called “The Wand” to ease and alleviate most serious concerns associated with anesthetic numbing. While we can’t promise all pain will be negated, patients who have already undergone the procedure insist over and over that it’s a major improvement over original anesthetic options.
What is The Wand and How Does it Differ From Traditional Methods?
Traditional dental anesthesia involves a long needle and syinge. As the patient attempts to relax, the anesthetic is inserted via the needle into the patient’s mouth. This procedure is effective for temporary pain control, but there are some serious issues with it as well. Almost 50% of all dental patients have some form of dental anxiety. 40 million Americans develop a serious phobia, leading to the cancellation of 25% of dental appointments. Most dentists worth their salt accept and try their best to alleviate patient fears and concerns. They are very real and can be quite debilitating. And in many cases, some of those fears are completely warranted with traditional anesthetic methods.
The Wand, on the other hand, is a computerized device that contains a pen-like structure with a small needle on the end. Yes, the needle is still involved, but it’s far less frightening than previous paranoia-inducing monstrosities. The computerized unit makes it easier for the doctor to find proper positioning and gives better feedback for a kinder and gentler result. The wand is so easily targeted that often a single tooth can receive local anesthesia without numbing wide areas of the surrounding tissue. The benefits of such a procedure are certainly noticeable.
What Are the Main Benefits of The Wand Anesthetic Numbing System?
The Wand Anesthetic Numbing System aids your dentist in one of the most stressful parts of his or her job – ongoing patient anxiety. When the patient is calm and relaxed, it transfers to the professional. And vice – versa. Original testing of The Wand back in 2005 studied the anxiety effects of 125 children ages 4-11 who randomly received either traditional or Wand-based anesthesia. All kids who received numbing via The Wand benefited from the process.
- The Wand is designed in such a way that many patients are unaware they’ve even received an injection. Complete freedom from pain is not guaranteed, but most patients find it far more comfortable than previous alternatives.
- The wand is so easily targeted that a single tooth can receive local anesthesia without numbing the surrounding tissue.
So then, is The Wand Anesthetic Numbing System for you? Only you and your dentist can know for sure. A simple call is all it takes on your end to begin the potential process of anxiety-free dental care. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Williams at Ascent Family Dental today to take care of all of your dental needs tomorrow.