Due to trauma or bad experiences with dentists previously, it is common that people will avoid the dentist at all costs, even despite the knowledge of how important it is to maintain good oral health. In fact, about 85% of the adult population in Australia face some degree of anxiety about painful or uncomfortable procedures when visiting a dentist. A lot of this is due to the fear of painful needles, and oftentimes simply the anticipation of pain is enough to deter many from visiting dentists regularly.
Finesse Dental is always aiming to ensure you are comfortable and at ease when it comes to your appointment. The wellbeing of our patients is vital to us, as a result, we’re consistently investing in technology that makes all dental procedures as comfortable as possible for our patients. This includes the Wand, which provides virtually painless dental anaesthetic for single tooth treatment and our most recent advancement; sedation. Through this post we aim to ease your mind by giving you an insight to the latest developments in dental technology we offer at our practice.
How does it work?
The Wand is essentially a computerised anaesthetic delivery system, offering control over the pressure, volume and precise rate of flow of the medication being delivered.
Why is it better for patients?
The most common misconception among patients is that the pain felt during injections is caused by the needle pricking the skin. However, it’s the uneven delivery of the medication into the tissues that causes most discomfort. Because it’s entirely computerised, the Wand eliminates this by delivering the medication appropriately at a constant pressure to automatically compensate for differences in tissue densities. What’s even better is that this pressure can be controlled to remain below each patient’s threshold of pain. This means that patients experience virtually painless injections firstly due to minimal feeling of the injection itself as well as the delivery of the medication. Injections with the Wand are in fact so painless that patients feel hardly any discomfort even in potentially difficult areas such as the palate.
Is it safe?
Administering injections with a computerised delivery system like the Wand is highly popular because of the precise control and reliable injections it offers dental practitioners, even in difficult areas. Using the Wand also removes any “human error” with safety features such as a self-retracting needle, so even the most anxious patients can rest easy.
If you would like more information on sedation; please refer to our blog post detailing all the information you need to know.
No patient should feel like their options are restricted, and that fear of dentists and needles is something that can’t be avoided. There are always options available, and your dentist would be in the best position to advise you on the most appropriate one for you. The most important thing to remember is that visiting your dentist doesn’t have to be an ordeal. At Finesse, our friendly and professional staff are always happy to assist you with any uncertainties or fears you may have about your dental visits.