To combat this, we use The Wand. It is a specially designed system that delivers pain-free injections and minimises the bee-sting sensation. What’s more, it also doesn’t even look like a needle!
The Wand has been designed for the controlled delivery of anaesthetic. It is computer-controlled, shaped like a pen and has brought the delivery of anaesthetic in dentistry into the 21st Century.
Many believe that the ‘bee-sting’ effect they feel with traditional injections is caused by the skin being pierced. However, this is not actually true. This sensation is actually caused by the anaesthetic being delivered too fast. The Wand takes away the margin for human error and delivers anaesthetic at a slow rate and low pressure so that it is both pain-free and more effective than traditional dental injections.
Because it is shaped like a pen, The Wand also helps patients who have a needle phobia. It’s not always just the actual injection that causes fear and even the sight of a syringe can cause phobic patients to panic. The pen shape of the device helps to avoid this.
The pen is connected to a machine that controls the delivery of the anaesthetic. The anaesthetic itself is held in a small cartridge in the machine and it is connected to the pen by a tube. Your dentist starts the machine by using a foot pedal and can then focus all their attention on holding the pen in the correct position to deliver the anaesthetic.
With The Wand, it is also possible to numb just the tooth that needs to be treated, so you will no longer have the problem of a numb tongue and lips. The sensation is so different from a traditional dental injection that many patients don’t even realise they have received an injection until their tooth starts to numb.
The delivery tube, cartridge holder and pen are all single-use, disposable parts for maximum hygiene. Many patients who were afraid of dental injections have been pleasantly surprised by the pain-free experience of The Wand.