The dentist is a place where good things happen; mouths get healthier, teeth get whiter and smiles get improved. Why is it then that so many people are afraid of going to the dentist? The dental destination usually ends up with a bright smile, but it’s the journey getting there that many people take issue with.
Whether it’s due to the sharp instruments that a dentist must use to conduct all examinations and/or procedures, or merely the length of time sitting in the same position with your mouth wide open, pain at the dentist is a real thing. Dentists always do their best to minimize the amount a patient will feel, but the sensitivity and pain threshold of someone can vary greatly. When it comes to pain from a needle however, that may become a thing of the past. “Dentists may soon be able to deliver anesthetic through a tiny electric current – instead of a needle, according to a new study from the University of São Paulo.
This finding could improve dental procedures and provide relief to those who fear needles – in addition to saving money and helping lower the risk of infection. Study co-author Professor Renata Fonseca Vianna Lopez said: ‘Needle-free administration could save costs, improve patient compliance, facilitate application and decrease the risks of intoxication and contamination.”
This isn’t something that has made a full rollout to dental offices globally yet, so keep your eyes and mouths peeled. Until then, if you are someone who suffers from pain when visiting the dentist, make sure to contact your Ottawa dentist to discuss ways in which they can make your visit the most comfortable possible.