The Wand is essentially a computer-controlled dental injection. The flow rate of the local anaesthetic is controlled by a computer. This means that the injection is guaranteed to be slow and steady and therefore comfortable.
Even though Milestone Scientific, now call their products CompuDent and STA (Single Tooth Anesthesia) System, we still call it the Wand, because a lot of people with needle phobia describe it as their Magic Wand!
Most people who have had a bad experience with injections think that needles sting because the skin is pierced, but this is usually not so! Most often, the sting was caused because the anesthetic was fired in too quickly.
Obviously, it is possible for the dentist to control the speed with a standard syringe, but the idea of the Wand is to take out the human error.
This can be very reassuring for people with previous bad experiences.
What are the advantages?
- Looks non-threatening . Researchers have found that the Wand induces less anxiety than any other injection method (Kudo et al, 2001).
- The precise control of flow rate and pressure reliably produces a comfortable injection even in potentially more difficult areas like the palate, where the tissue is less elastic.
For those times when you might not look forward to your dental appointment, remember that at DentArtistry we can make your visit anxiety-free and more comfortable for you and your family.