At Smiles by Dr. Santos, we are aware that dental treatments are often a source of stress for our patients. For some, the discomfort associated with dental visits is easily addressed with a simple numbing agent. On the other end of the spectrum, some patients have such severe anxiety around dental work that they need to be put under before procedures. Most of our patients fall somewhere in-between; while they can remain conscious, they want some sort of anesthetic to help with the pain.
However, even if they aren’t afraid of the actual procedure, when anesthesia is administered through a syringe (as it traditionally has been for decades), they have hesitations. A needle looks appealing to no one, even if they don’t have a needle phobia. In addition, the awkward strategy necessary to access the gum tissue with a syringe often leads to discomfort—ironic considering the whole point of the anesthesia is to reduce discomfort! Add to this the fact that the feeling of anesthesia traveling through the gum tissue is uncomfortable as well, and it’s no surprise that many patients wonder if anesthesia is really worth it. This is why we decided to invest in an anesthesia wand.
What is an Anesthesia Wand?
This device was invented to address the inherent flaws of administering anesthesia through a syringe. It works by spraying a continuous stream of anesthetic to your gum tissue, ensuring that the numbing effects are consistent throughout your procedure.
There are many benefits to this handy device; in this blog, we will go over what the wand is, and why it is beneficial.
Benefits of the Anesthesia Wand
It’s Less Intimidating
Instead of having a giant needle coming at you, the wand offers a more approachable way to administer anesthesia. You don’t have to experience any needle anxiety.
It Can Be Used With Other Types of Sedation
Depending on the severity of the procedure, you can use the wand in conjunction with other types of sedation. For example, if your dentist needs to use nitrous oxide as well, the wand can still be used for numbing purposes.
It’s More Consistent
When using a syringe to apply anesthesia, it only works for so long before it starts to wear off. The wand supplies a steady stream of anesthesia for a more consistently comfortable treatment.
It’s Easier to Use
By incorporating the anesthesia wand into our treatments, we are able to more easily provide relief to our patients. We don’t have to worry about awkwardly jamming a needle into a hard-to-reach place, or worse yet, having to leave it completely numbed. Instead, the wand can easily be maneuvered into every corner of the mouth, allowing us to provide greater comfort.
Helps Overcome Dental Anxiety
If you have a needle phobia or general anxiety about the dentist, you might skip your 6-month cleaning more often than you like to admit. However, with the anesthesia wand, you can rest easy knowing that you aren’t going to have to receive an injection for your dental care. This can ease your dental anxiety significantly.
At Smiles by Dr. Santos, we are happy to be able to provide you with the most comfortable treatment possible. If you are looking for a dentist on Long Beach Island, contact us today!