I am nearly 57 years of age and have suffered from a lifetime of anxiety whenever visiting the dentist, as a throwback to my bad childhood experiences of the dreaded school dentistry programme
(I live in England)
This put me off visiting a dentist for many years and this instigated a history of gum disease with eventual loss of many teeth.
I do visit my local NHS (National Health Service) dental surgery and they are very sympathetic over my general nervousness. My main problem has been a needle phobia and I have had some terrible times
whenever summoning up the courage to have extractions by traditional syringe, which dates back to the mid 19th century!
This always caused pain on the final deep injection around the actual tooth tissue area. Thanks to the internet, I have been searching for various ideas and methods before coming across the Wand which offers painless anaesthesia by virtue of its revolutionary computerised method.
I then contacted several dentists and enquired about their own experiences with this amazing machine as well as trying to find out if any local dentists were using the Wand.
They put me in touch with a dentist that uses the Wand (Compudent) I also decided to undergo the extraction of a loose molar that would have caused more problems in the very near future so its loss was inevitable anyway.
The dentist and his assistants were superb and did their best to assuage my fears as he proceeded to take this tooth out. I felt no pain or discomfort whatsoever as the Wand went about its numbing of the surrounding gum, with its gradual advance release of anaesthetic.
This has been a major hurdle that I have now crossed as I am no longer afraid of any future treatment that requires anaesthetic and I am in the process of arranging future appointments with the same practice who specialises in cosmetic work alongside his normal procedures.
I feel that this is one of the most important inventions in dentistry and every practice should have one, especially for children and nervous adults alike. Do a Google search and read all about it! Then find a dentist who uses the Wand and you will never look back. It is computerised and allows a slow steady drip of anaesthetic into the gum which has already been made numb by preceding pulses - amazing. The handpiece looks like a large pen and offers more control and mobility for the dentist, unlike the hand-wielded syringe which will NEVER be used on my mouth again!