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Most of us want to avoid pain, especially when going to the dentist. All too often, we associate dental procedures with immense amounts of pain. Due to this, it can lead people to put off or completely avoid going to the dentist. Keeping up with your oral health is extremely important, not only for your teeth and gums but for your overall physical health. Instead of having to avoid the dentist and ignoring problems that have the potential to snowball into bigger issues, come see us at Smiles By Dr. Santos. We understand that dental procedures can be scary and intimidating, and that’s why we use something called an anesthesia wand. We want our patients to be as comfortable as possible and show them that dental visits aren’t as bad as they seem. 


What is an anesthesia wand?

An anesthesia wand is exactly what it sounds like, but instead of traditional anesthesia that may have to be injected directly by a needle, the wand sprays a constant stream of anesthesia which then numbs the area. The wand is attached to a computer device that allows the wand to be programmed to dispense the exact amount of anesthesia in a slow and controlled rate. This keeps you, the patient, numb and pain-free for the duration of the procedure. The wand is such a great option to ask your dentist about since most traditional anesthesia has to be injected and that can cause the most amount of pain, anxiety, and discomfort. 


Why should I choose to use the wand?

An anesthesia wand truly helps calm and give our patients peace of mind when visiting us for a dental procedure. Due to the growing number of people who avoid going to the dentist from fear and anxiety, the wand is a wonderful alternative to help destress those patients. The wand also allows patients to be more comfortable both mentally and physically than a traditional syringe injection of anesthesia. The wand can also be used with other forms of conscious sedation methods if needed. 


The wand can deliver more of a consistent and comfortable level of anesthesia and takes the tissue and area that it’s being used on into consideration. So, for more sensitive areas of the mouth like the front, roof, and other nerve filled tissue, it may inject more anesthesia so that you are comfortable the whole time and are able to go pain-free for the entire session. 


One of the biggest benefits of using an anesthesia wand is that patients who used the wand were more likely to conquer their fear of both dental procedures and needles after their first use. It’s important to take care of yourself and that can mean prioritizing dental visits and taking care of any dental problems right away. With this wand, you’ll be able to go in comfortably and confidently the first time and not let problems get bigger than they need too. The health of your mouth can greatly affect the rest of your health, and poor oral health can then lead to poor blood and heart health. With the wand, you’ll be able to prioritize your health comfortably, which takes self-care to a whole new level! 


Going to the dentist doesn’t have to be as bad as people make it out to be. At Smiles By Dr. Santos we take our patients comfort as one of our top priorities, which is why we’re happy to offer the anesthesia wand to patients that may want or need it. The wand can provide a virtually painless experience for all routine dental treatments that include root canals, crowns, fillings, and cleanings. It’s important to know that not all dentists are certified to use the wand, so make sure that the dentist you see is fully certified, or just come see us. 


We’re now happy to say that we’re accepting new patients and would love to have you. To become a new patient, click here to download the new patient paperwork to bring to your next appointment, or contact us here. Smiles By Dr. Santos truly wants you to be as comfortable as possible, we pride ourselves on our gentle but effective patient care. Don’t believe us? Check out our reviews here, and visit us today. We can’t wait to see your smile!