No dental visit should be unpleasant or uncomfortable. Our dental specialists are trained to ensure that every clinical procedure is carried out painlessly, safely and effectively – whether for child or adult. This is done with the help of modern technology, which has enabled us to ease any potential discomfort dental treatment may entail.
PAINLESS INJECTION: THE WAND
It is understandable that some patients, especially children, get nervous at the sight of a needle and syringe. The truth is the needle is not what causes the main discomfort of an injection. Pain is mainly created by the pressure and volume of the fluid entering the tissues when it is injected too quickly into the gums.
The Wand is a computer-controlled local anaesthesia injection system that provides a much more comfortable and measured anaesthesia delivery. Its slim, non-threatening appearance and smaller disguised needles visually reduce any anxiety the patient may feel.
More importantly, the automated timer allows for a slower and more even delivery of anaesthetic, totally eliminating the pain of fluid entry into the oral tissues.
Nitrous oxide, or happy gas, is a form of relative analgesia often employed in children’s dentistry.
The dental specialist utilizes nitrous oxide through a custom nosepiece to produce a pleasant, calming effect. This not only reduces fear and anxiety, it also increases the amount of anaesthesia a patient feels, enabling them to better tolerate injections or other potentially uncomfortable procedures.
Inhalational sedation is extremely safe and reliable in the hands of a trained dental specialist, and its effects almost instantly wear off once the procedure is finished.
Sometimes in adolescent or adult patients, a more profound state of calmness and relaxation is required, especially for procedures such as dental implant surgery, gum surgery or wisdom tooth surgery.
IV (Intra-venous) sedation induces this state of deeper relaxation to allow patients to cope with longer, more complicated procedures.
To ensure optimal safety, this form of sedation is carried out by a certified anaesthetist who will monitor the patient throughout the duration of the procedure. The commonly used drug for IV sedation is benzodiazepine. Reversal is also quick and the patient can go home within the hour.