Have you ever heard of “The Wand?” It’s a revolutionary new way for dentists to anesthetize their patients for their fillings, crowns, root canals, and other dental procedures. One of the biggest benefits is that it makes the administration of local anesthesia much more comfortable than a traditional injection. What a lot of people think is painful during anesthetic administration isn’t the actual penetration of the “shot”; it’s the ability to aspirate the medication gently into the patient’s tissues.
The Wand is a computerized anesthesia delivery system that aspirates medication in an almost completely painless way. The pen-like piece of equipment has an extremely small needle…. in fact, it’s one of the smallest needles that can be used for local anesthetic. As the computer slowly distributes the medication, there is less discomfort and inflammation at the injection site. A “pain free” injection is almost completely assured! This reduces both anxiety on the patient, as well as pressure on the dentist for a gentle injection.
Anesthetic results from The Wand are only effective in the area immediately around the application. That means there are no numb lips, cheeks, or tongue for hours after your treatment. Patients receive immediate results, without the annoying discomfort of full anesthetic blocks for the rest of the day.
The Wand can be used for a large number of dental treatments, but not all. You’ll need to discuss your anesthesia options with your dentist at the time of your treatment plan to find out if The Wand is an option for you. If you’ve put that filling off, don’t wait any longer. Enjoy a painless, fast, no-hassle way to stay comfortable during your next dental visit.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Joyce Ma, Prime Dental Care
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