For many patients, the dreaded “ Novacaine* shot” is a source of anxiety, fear and apprehension. The process almost seems backwards; you have to sit through a painful injection just so you can avoid being in pain later. However, this does not have to be the case.
At Thousand Oaks Family Dentistry, all of our operatories are equipped with a device called The Wand. This device uses modern technology to provide pain-minimized and often undetectable dental anesthetic delivery.
While this system still utilizes a needle, this is the end of its similarities with traditional syringes. It uses air power and electric servos to target the primary source of anesthetic discomfort: delivery speed. In almost all dental shots, pain isn’t sourced from the actual needle, but rather from the medicine entering the tissue. The Wand counteracts this by giving the dentist complete control over speed of delivery.
By adding the anesthetic at a slower and more consistent speed, the tissue has time to numb at an appropriate pace to delivery. This minimizes pain and gives the doctor absolute control over location and amount of medicine delivered. Many of our patients are unaware that they have even received a shot by the time we are done!
*Note: Novacaine is no longer a commonly used anesthetic in dental offices. Our office uses a variety of optimized Novacaine variants for different applications and conditions.