Technology & Pain-Free Dentistry

25 August,2015

Technology & Pain-Free Dentistry

Using State of the Art Technology & Practices for Pain-Free Dentistry

The fear of visiting the dentist is definitely not unwarranted. From the noise of the drills and the pain of receiving injections to the discomfort after surgery, the reasons are many. Thankfully, innovations in medicine and dentistry in particular give you the opportunity to undergo several procedures without experiencing pain or discomfort. These new age technologies also known as minimally invasive procedures don't always cost a fortune and they make for a very pleasant pain-free dentistry visit.

The Wand

What works like a magic wand for some, is really a Single Tooth Anaesthesia System, which injects a pain numbing medication without the usual sting. Researchers have come to the conclusion that the fear of needles is not linked to the jab as much as it's linked to the speed at which the anaesthetic was delivered in a single shot. The quicker the anaesthetic is fired, the more the pain. So the Wand or the STA was invented. This computerised machine controls anaesthetic flow rate and pressure. It guides the dentist in achieving perfect placement of the needle and it is audio enabled which means it can speak. It works on 3 speed settings so the dentist can switch from slow to fast delivery mode when needed. With this magic wand, fear of syringes is truly a thing of the past.

Air Abrasion

Air abrasion machines are modern day alternatives to drills. Unlike conventional drills, these machines blow a stream of 27 micron aluminium oxide powder along with compressed air to buff away the surface of the tooth very delicately. It's so gentle that you can only feel a puff of air if it happens to touch your tongue. It's one of the latest techniques used to carry out pain-free dentistry. The air abrasive device doesn't cause vibrations and it's virtually sound free. It's an excellent choice for patients who dread the sound of the drill at the clinic.

It can also be used to remove the tiniest amount of decay present on the enamel. The dentist will however, have to use laser readings to spot very minute decays on the tooth as X-rays are still not sensitive enough. This branch of dentistry is known as micro-dentistry and it's especially helpful for children as they won't feel much during the procedure and they can get very tiny holes cleaned and fixed quickly.

Sleep Dentistry

Sleep dentistry allows patients to undergo many procedures under sedation or general anaesthesia. Sometimes a combination of sedative drugs and local anaesthesia is used to help the patient feel relaxed while still remaining conscious. IV moderated sedation is also used to help patients cope with their anxiety. The patient is conscious during IV sedation but remains unaware of what's going on. Some people don't even recall undergoing the procedure.

With so many pain-free practices being offered, there really is no excuse to postpone your dental check-ups any more.

Find out how we at Dental on Clarendon deliver pain-free dentistry by scheduling a visit today.