Many people are reluctant to visit a dentist because of a fear of pain and injections, usually resulting from a previous bad experience. We aim to reduce this fear by using an alternative method of administering local anaesthetic – the Dental Wand.
The Wand is essentially a computer-controlled dental injection. Whilst still containing a small needle (something is needed to penetrate the skin after all) the actual flow rate of the local anaesthetic is controlled by a computer. This means that the injection is guaranteed to be slow and steady and therefore comfortable.
The equipment looks similar to a miniature computer tower. On the top of the tower sits a cartridge with local anaesthetic. A tube connects this to a pen-like handpiece which looks just like a ball point pen and it is this that the dentists holds to administer the anaesthetic. No scary needles on view!
The cartridge holder, tube and wand handpiece are all single-use disposables.
It is possible for the dentist to control the speed of administering the anaesthetic with a standard syringe, but the idea of the Wand is to take out the ‘human error’. This can be very reassuring for people with previous bad experiences.
If you’d like to know more about the magic Dental Wand please ask our Dental Team to show this to you when you visit.