Anesthesia in dentistry
Fear of pain, including the pain that accompanies administration of anesthesia, is probably the most important reason why some patients avoid dental visits, and some go untreated for years. That’s wrong, because the dynamic development of dentistry in recent years also refers to the techniques and devices used to administer anesthesia. Big syringes with thick needles are a thing of the distant past. Caring for the comfort of our patients, we offer virtually painless anesthesia, which also guarantees painless treatment.
Dental disease has always been equated with pain and suffering. As a consequence, increasingly effective agents and methods of anesthetic administration have been developed over many decades. Medicine uses general anesthesia (narcosis) as well as local (topical) anesthesia, which is the predominant way to manage pain in dentistry.
Before administration of anesthesia
Pain control is a fundamental skill based on the dentist’s theoretical and practical knowledge (effective and safe anesthetic techniques). Patients often come to the doctor ill-served by their surroundings or with bad experiences after unpleasant appointments in the past. Therefore, so-called premedication is used to prepare the patient psychologically and pharmacologically for the procedure. Such management is especially indicated in children and adolescents. Proper work ergonomics is also immensely helpful in preparing the patient for the procedure – the patient should be lying down, while the dentist should have an optimal field of vision and be able to support their hand during the injection.
Carpula and computer-controlled local anesthetic delivery
At our clinic, special carpula-type syringes are used in most cases to ensure slow, safe and comfortable administration of the anesthetic. To maximize injection comfort (no pain), we use special carpula-type syringe needles that are very thin and provide an optimal degree of bend during penetration of the oral soft tissue.
At Vinci Clinic, we also use The Wand® and QuickSleeper® – computer-controlled devices that administer the anesthetic at just the right time to minimize patient discomfort. It is worth mentioning that modern anesthetics are extremely effective and low in toxicity.