This was the very question that I asked myself as soon as I heard a colleague talking about how they had invested in a CompuDent and Single Tooth Anaesthesia System, also known by the much snappier title of a Dental Wand. It sounded like something out of a Disney movie, but I was intrigued. Why on earth would my colleague, who I know particularly for their skill with a needle and syringe, be needing something that sounded as basic as a Dental Wand to help them in their clinic?
It’s a simple fact of our profession that technology is often moving a lot quicker than we are. Medical technology is often accepted into areas such as hospitals far more quickly than they are to dental surgeries, and many dentists believe this is because patients do not like change – especially when it is a new (and therefore in their minds, untested) form of treatment. It is totally understandable why people get that much more anxious about having some new fangled and (in their minds) untried piece of technology in their mouths: beyond the fact that they cannot see what we are doing, it is very disconcerting to think that the part of our bodies that we use for feeding and communicating could be harmed!
That is why many different dentists are avoiding using a Dental Wand, a piece of technology that could be making a really positive difference to the way that they could give procedures and treatment to their patients. If you are a dentist and you have heard of the Dentist Wand and decided against it, or if you have never heard of it before, this is the perfect time to reassess and consider whether actually this could be the new piece of technology that you should introduce next to your dental repertoire.
Put simply, the Dental Wand enables you to carefully, slowly, and measurably inject something into your patient in a very slow and steady manner. One of the biggest problems when it comes to injecting patients is that the injection is not able to be controlled, leading to a stinging sensation for the patient, and a sudden influx of the particular chemical into their body. This can lead to a fight or flight response in the patient, extending swelling and leading to a much longer recovery time. The Dental Wand, on the other hand, is able to introduce the foreign element much more slowly, and at a steady stream that is simply not possible to do with a human hand.
One of the other incredible benefits of the Dental wand is the way that it is designed – not only to aid the dentist that is using it, but also to put all of their patients at ease. The Dental Wand tool has been designed to look and feel like a pen, allowing greater dexterity when it is used, and for a minimal amount of training needing to be given to the person who wishes to use it for their patients. This unassuming appearance is also perfect for patients who get very nervous when they visit the dentist, especially those who have a deep rooted fear of needles, syringes, and/or injections. For these patients the Dental Wand is invaluable, because it allows them to completely relax. In fact, in many cases those patients do not even realise that that particular tool is anything to do with needles whatsoever!
Many dentists will be able to care for their patients without a Dental Wand, it is true, and the creators of this tool would never want to state that it is impossible for anyone to practise their dental care without one. However, just because a tool is not completely essential does not mean that it cannot bring real and tangible benefits to those who trust it. It is impossible to give the high quality injections manually by hand that the Dental Wand is able to give, and it enables the dental practitioner to completely relax and focus on the rest of the dental procedure, without worrying too much of their time on the injection itself.
So why should you be using a Dental Wand? Perhaps you work specifically with patients who have a fear of the dentist, and you are looking for new ways to reassure them, and to put them at their ease when they come and visit you. Perhaps you regularly perform overly complex procedures for your patients, and you are looking for a new way to lessen the complexity and ensure that your mind and time is spent on other areas of the procedure. Or perhaps you are just fascinated with new technologies, and enjoy being at the cutting edge of dental technology. Whichever of these three reasons it is – or perhaps another one entirely – the Dental Wand can certainly make a difference to the way that your patients’ experience, which is why I always recommend it. To experience a painless dental wand treatment, call (619) 359-6569 to make an appointment with Dr. Woods.
Before I met Dr. Woods, every dentist I had ever been to was a horrible experience. Not only were they painful, but they were all emotionally draining. Since my first visit with Dr. Paige several … several years ago, I’ve been sold. She’s compassionate, she listens, she’s patient… and she’s incredibly skilled. I refer everyone I know to her. And I’m hooked for life. – Lisa Drayton
My name is Dr. Paige Woods, and I have dedicated my career to becoming a dentist, and one that helps people who have suffered a dental emergency, like having their tooth knocked out, or persistent toothache that becomes unbearable.
It may seem odd that I am giving advice on how to prevent dental emergencies when my very job is to help people who have experienced them, but I want what is best for my patients! It is always going to be in your best interests not to have to come and see me in the first place, and there are some simple things that you can do that will lower your chances of needing to see an emergency dentist dramatically:
- Wear a mouthguard when playing sports
We were all told to do it at high school, and that doesn’t change no matter what age you are! When playing contact sports such as American football you should always be wearing a mouthguard, as it is the best defence from a tooth being knocked out or chipped. I would also recommend that you wear a mouth guard no matter what sport you are playing. It is possible to trip over and bash your tooth whether you’re playing tennis or basketball, and the only thing that can prevent the worst from happening is a little bit of plastic that will only cost a few dollars. Invest in one!
- Do not chew things you shouldn’t
This may sound a little obvious, but you would be amazed at how many patients I see come into my emergency room because they have been chewing on ice, or popcorn kernels, or hard candy that should be sucked not bitten. Our teeth are not built to be able to chew into those sorts of things, and the strain that it can put on your teeth is immense – and sometimes they crack. It may be tempting, especially if you have got into the habit of doing it, but your teeth will thank you for getting out of the habit.
- Never use your teeth to cut something
Scissors are always better, even if they are in the other room and it would mean that you would have to walk all the way over there to get them! Even something as seemingly weak as sellotape can do serious damage to your teeth if you use them to cut it regularly, and over time that weakness can mean that biting into something like an apple can do them real harm. Never use your teeth to cut something, and if you really don’t have any scissors, then use a knife carefully.
- Do not ignore initial symptoms
Especially pertinent for toothaches, you should never ignore the initial symptoms because your teeth will be trying to tell you that something is not quite right. If you see a hairline crack in one of your teeth, do not ignore it; make an appointment to see a dentist. It could be nothing, but it could prevent a painful and expensive cracked tooth further down the line. If you are starting to experience toothache more regularly, do not ignore it and put it down to something small. Make sure that you go and talk to your dentist, because it could be that they can fix that problem for you. Ignoring initial symptoms means that you are ignoring what your body is telling you, and we should all try to be more attune with our bodies.
- Practice good daily dental hygiene
Few people realise that of their dental problems later in life could all have been prevented if they had just focused on good dental hygiene day in, day out, when they were younger. Brushing your teeth properly for two minutes twice a day, flossing once a day, and using mouthwash once a day will keep your teeth healthy and without bacteria, so they will be less likely to get infected or weak. When you practice good daily dental hygiene you will also notice any differences in your teeth much quicker, so that you can go and talk to your dentist about them sooner.
- Visit your regular dentist every six months
I suppose what most of this boils down to is this: go and see your dentist every six months. If that feels excessive, then it won’t once you get into the habit of doing it! No one but your dentist is going to be able to tell you exactly what is going on with your teeth, and even when you practice good daily dental hygiene – which you should – only your dentist is the expert. They will be able to spot problems before they happen, and if you leave it three years or so before seeing them again, then they are not going to be able to catch problems early enough to prevent them.
If you are already in need of an emergency dentist in San Diego, please call us at (610) 359-6569 for immediate assistance.