Single Tooth Anesthesia / The Wand at Rockford Pediatric Dentistry
The Wand is yet another amazing technological advancement in the field of dentistry. Specifically, it replaces the needle used to provide local anesthesia for a dental procedure. There are anxieties and phobias around a dental visit, and the wand can help address those issues versus a traditional syringe and needle.
The Interesting Anxieties and Phobias around a Dental Visit
The Wand helps address some of the fears in regard to dental office visits. Around 25% of Americans avoid seeing their dentist because of anxiety or fear. This means that between 30 and 40 million people make a detrimental health decision based on a preconceived notion of fear. This is a broad phenomenon that has been around for quite some time. Syringes have been used to inject a local numbing agent since 1853. The fear of pain is a common reason for neglecting a dental appointment. This can stem from either an earlier visit or perception created. There may be the fear of the injection or that the injection will not work to subdue any discomfort. There is the fear of anesthesia and the side effects. Some patients fear the possible side effects of dizziness, feeling faint or nausea. Depending on the method of administering the anesthesia there can be too much resulting in a numbness beyond the immediate area. Anxiety and phobia are often interchanged by patients but in reality, they are different. Dental phobia is more than the exaggerated worries of fear, it actually makes them panic stricken. These people have a much higher incident of numerous dental problems from neglect. They have a higher risk of gum disease, of having damaged teeth and emotionally it will then affect their insecurities, affecting their smile and even speech patterns. The Wand will change some of these fears.
Introducing the Wand
The Wand is a computer-assisted approach to deliver local anesthesia instead of using the traditional syringe and needle. The Wand carefully guides your team at Rockford Pediatric Dentistry as they administer necessary anesthesia. The discomfort from a dental injection was not from the needle itself but from the speed at which the anesthetic was injected. The Wand looks like a pen. Now the visual perception is immediately changed. Painful injections are now not necessary. Having been available for use now for a decade, it is making an enormous difference with children. When your child has a pain-free experience it immediately changes their perception of a dental visit as they grow up. Hopefully as more offices like Rockford Pediatric Dentistry exercise use of the Wand the dental field can provide more treatment, keeping more people healthy as it reduces dental anxiety and the negative side effects by not visiting the dentist on a regular basis. The pen still has a very tiny needle that must deliver the injection, but the innovative technology delivers the specific, exact right amount at the right rate. The Wand has three speeds designed for the injection type to ensure both the best in effectiveness and your comfort. Soft tissue can be identified by the Wand so your team at Rockford Pediatric Dentistry can find the precise location for your injection. The anesthesia is computer-controlled and the Wand itself is a handpiece holding the tiny needle. We also appreciate the ergonomically design, finding it much easier to work with the syringe and needle. Anxiety not only comes from the needle but also from a dentist who is struggling with the syringe.
The Benefits of a Procedure with the Wand
The Wand will immediately deliver fewer side-effects from the anesthesia. This can be the loss of feeling in your cheeks, or some drooling or mumbling from too much anesthesia. You will be able to speak, eat and drink sooner after your procedure. The Wand will help manage dental anxiety and dental phobia when it comes to the fear that is generated from discomfort associated with needles. You can now relax versus getting tense in the chair prior to an injection. It will reduce anxiety across many dental procedures, and it will reduce the results from too much anesthesia injected. It is an enormous advantage with children. Once the Wand is introduced the anxiety driven behavior is minimized. Before the Wand, some children had to have nitrous oxide sedation or general anesthesia to allow us to get near them with a needle. The Wand reinforces the amazing power of perception in forming our thoughts, opinions, and any preconceived notions because it will break down those anxiety barriers. The health industry strongly recommends that we all see our dentist twice a year for examinations, x-rays, and professional cleaning. If we can minimize these anxieties more Americans will heed these preventive measures and it becomes a win-win for everyone. This is the pending impact of the Wand and the simple innovation it is bringing to the dental office.
Rockford Pediatric Dentistry
At Rockford Pediatric Dentistry, we are passionate about providing a safe, positive, and happy environment for your family. We want our patients to be able to safely enjoy the sports they love, while protecting their developing smiles. We treat all of our patients as if they were our own children. As parents ourselves, we understand how important it is to treat your family with compassion, the most up to date dental technologies, and the highest standard of care. We strive to earn your trust and provide consistent quality for your family. Call today to make Rockford Pediatric Dentistry your new dental home.