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The Wand: What is It?

“The Wand” is music to the ears of patients with a fear of needles. The Wand is a device that administers local numbing agents without the discomfort and anxiety that accompanies traditional syringes. How sweet does that sound?

Defying Perceptions

The idea of a an injection or large area being numbed is enough to scare some folks away from the dentist’s for good. The Wand is very different, however. The Wand is a slim little pen that has a tube attached to a small computer. The computer automatically dispenses the anesthesia through an extremely small needle at a slow and steady rate so that you don’t feel the usual injection sensation of stinging or burning. This is the part, which makes regular injections uncomfortable.

The Wand is also nice because it’s easier for the dentist to hold and maneuver. The dentist’s hand won’t get tired, and you get the spot-on dose of anesthesia you need to make your dental treatment comfortable. With the Wand, anesthesia is infiltrated into one specific area – not the entire side of your mouth.

Finding a “Magic Wand”

Some dentists don’t use the Wand because they’ve come to rely upon tried-and-true techniques for making the injection experience smoother for their patients. These techniques often work just fine, but some patients need something more to put their mind at ease.

If a Wand injection device sounds right up your alley, then go ahead and do a little digging. Ask your local dentist about the pain management techniques and technology offered in the office. Seek out a dental professional who can give you the treatment you need at the comfort level you request.

Posted on behalf of:
Rolling Ridge Dentistry
7510 Ramble Way #101
Raleigh, NC 27616
(919) 809-7192


Computerized Anesthesia Delivery (The Wand)

Are injections for dental care one of the things you dislike the most? Typically the most uncomfortable step in any dental appointment is the part when local anesthesia is used. To be more specific, it’s the actual aspiration of the medication that makes it uncomfortable, not necessarily the injection itself. Thankfully, there’s a new way to deliver local anesthesia that delivers the most comfortable method possible to dental patients: computerized anesthesia delivery, I.e. “The Wand.”

The Wand provides a painless injection for single tooth local anesthesia, something that isn’t possible with typical local anesthesia syringes. The small pen-like device has one of the smallest needles for anesthesia delivery, and both patients and their dentists love the results. A computerized delivery method keeps the medication flowing smoothly, which reduces inflammation of the tissue and increases comfort. That means the injection is essentially pain free. Even if your dentist was already good at giving gentle injections, The Wand improves it even further.

Because The Wand only anesthetizes the area around the specific tooth that is treated, patients won’t have to worry about having numb lips or cheeks hours after their appointment; only the area around the tooth will be numb. Results are immediate! It can be used for most types of dental treatments, making care convenient for all types of patients.

Modern dental patients don’t have to worry about demanding comfort during their treatments. With advancements such as computerized anesthesia, the days of painful dentistry and hours of numbness can be gone forever. Whether you’re on the go and have to return back to work quickly, or simply want a more comfortable way of getting dental care, The Wand is the answer.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Joyce Ma, Prime Dental Care



Painless Dental Anesthetic Injections

For many patients, the worst part of getting a filling, root canal, or other dental work done is the injection of the anesthetic to numb the area.  Once the anesthetic takes effect, most patients don’t feel a thing and can tolerate the procedure in relative comfort, but the injection itself is painful and just the sight of the syringe and needle can cause the patient to become anxious.

Fortunately, advances in technology have made painless dental anesthetic injections a reality.  Instead of a syringe and needle, many dentists now use a computer controlled device such as “The Wand” to inject the anesthetic.  The Wand has a microprocessor that controls the rate at which the anesthetic is injected to minimize or eliminate pain or discomfort associated with injections of dental anesthetic.

Most patients believe that it is the needle that hurts, but most of the pain is due to the pressure of the anesthetic being injected.  Automated injectors carefully control the rate of the anesthetic injection to minimize the discomfort caused by the anesthetic entering your tissue.  The flow rate is kept below the level that causes pain.

In addition, the anesthetic flows out ahead of the needle and provides a numbed path for the needle to travel through.  The patient can hardly feel anything because the needle always travels through an area that has been numbed.

Prior to starting the injection, a topical anesthetic gel is used to numb the area where the injection will begin.  The patient does not feel the initial “stick” and the rest of the injection is comfortable and pain free.

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