Benefits of Using a Dental Wand to Treat Anxious Patients
The medical profession experiences technological growth much faster than the dental profession. Medical technology will be easily integrated into hospitals much faster than in dental surgery. According to most dentists the reason behind this is that dental patients dislike change. This is especially so when such change introduces new perspectives. Their thinking tells them the technology is untested and therefore unsafe for treatment purposes.
The wand can be understood as a dental injection that is computer controlled. The computer is responsible for controlling the flow of local anesthesia. The computer has an ability to slowly and steadily control the injection therefore allowing the patient comfort. Most people who are needle phobic find this technology quite appealing. The reason an injection stings is not because the needle pierced the skin but because the anesthesia was released quite quickly.
An experienced dentist can control the syringe and release speed of anesthesia although the wand concept is important in eliminating any possibility of a human error. People who have had bad injection experiences can find much needed comfort with the dental wand.
Advantages of the wand to a patient
- The wand is less threatening to a patient, and its look is also appealing. According to research the wand invokes less anxiety compared to other methods of injection.
- The wand innovation using P-ASA and AMSA is more effective and comfortable for patients.
- The ease of handling and light weight makes the wand admirable for dentists. The wand’s pen-like grasps make it possible for operators to easily rotate its hand piece. This makes it much easier to slide the needle into tissue.
- The succinct pressure and flow rate controls of the wand will produce comfortable injection even when the situation is more difficult such as in the palate when mouth tissue is not as elastic.
- The wand can effectively alleviate collateral numbness.
- The STA facilitates bilateral treatment of the mandibular in a single visit.
- Both P-ASA and AMSA support the assessment of the smile line during treatment.
- There is no numb face with the wand. This makes it possible to resume normal work immediately.
- Compared to the syringe, patients prefer wand treatment.
- The wand assures patients that the preferred dentist has the latest treatment technology.
Benefits to the practitioner
- The patient will benefit from better satisfaction therefore becoming more loyal. More referral patients will likely show up based upon experience and messages of goodwill from happy patients.
- The wand is a good marketing opportunity with potential to differentiate the dental practice and support high tech innovations.
- The dentist has easier choices, both physical and mental. This increases their options and reduces strain.
- The dentist also enjoys better flexibility.
- There is increased productivity driven by comfort fees that eventually increase revenue.
- Ease of use means prompt treatment hence enhanced productivity in lesser time.
It is true that dentists can execute their practice without the dental wand. This said though the manufacturer of this technology did not intend to make it impossible for practitioners to operate without it. Even though a tool is not entirely essential this is not to mean that its use cannot bring tangible benefits to those who choose to use it.