Through the ages, going to the dentist has been dreaded by children and adults alike. You’ll agree that nothing is scarier than a toothache that might just result in visiting the tooth doctor. This fear of the dentist is a universal phenomenon. Age is not a factor, neither is gender (so if you’re a man, you don’t have to be ashamed of being afraid of the drill).
Unfortunately, as you probably know, for all the dread and anxiety associated with dental treatments, they are unavoidable at times. Almost everyone, at some age or the other, will have reason to visit the dentist.
So what are you to do then? Have a panic attack? Cancel appointments? Let your tooth rot inside your head? Stop eating and go on a liquid diet?
We all know that’s not a feasible option. So what does that leave you with?
It leaves us with Pain-Free Dentistry. As paradoxical as this may sound, with all the advances in medicine, pain-free dentistry really is an option today.
So what is pain-free dentistry? Pain-free dentistry is simply a way to offer patients an experience that is relaxing and free of stress and of course, the pain.
You may now wonder how this pain-free dentistry is carried out. Interestingly there are many ways in which pain-free dentistry can be carried out.
The most common method of pain-free dentistry is to make the patient drowsy and almost asleep with the use of sedatives. This makes use of oral and inhalation sedatives (nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas). By doing this, the patient doesn’t feel a thing during the procedures which can last up to 2-3 hours. But then you wonder how it is on waking up? On waking up the patient doesn’t remember the procedure or experience any of the pain normally associated with mauling the insides of the mouth with drills and needles!
Is this the only method of pain-free dentistry?
Other types of pain-free dentistry involve the use of much new technology. One such new invention for pain-free dentistry is called the DentiPatch. The DentiPatch looks like a band-aid and is to be applied to the gums by the dentist. From the DentiPatch, lidocaine enters the gums and numbs them. This is perfect for small procedures and also for points of insertion of needles to give general anaesthesia.
Another interesting tool that can be used for pain-free dentistry is called the Magic Wand. This is used to administer anesthesia into the gums using microprocessors. These monitor the rate at which the injecting is done because slower and more steadily this is done, more pain-free the injection is. In fact the patient only feels the pressure and not the pain.