One of the most common questions dentists hear about any procedure is, “Will it hurt?” This is particularly true when it comes to pediatric dentistry. Answering this question can be complicated, because we use local anesthetic injections (novocaine) to keep patients comfortable during procedures, but for many patients, it is the injections that cause them anxiety and not the procedure itself. Now, we finally have a solution for children (and adults) with needle phobia: DentalVibe.
What is DentalVibe?
DentalVibe is a specialized handheld device that uses vibrations to eliminate the discomfort of getting local anesthetic (novocaine) injections. The nerve that sends pain signals to the brain is overloaded by the vibration, which means you will not feel pain from the injection—your brain can only perceive one sensation at a time, and since the vibration arrives to the brain first, that is the sensation it feels. Even the sound of the DentalVibe provides a distraction for anxious patients and the vibration helps disperse the anesthesia, so there is not a long wait for it to take effect.
How well does it work? Patients often do not even realize that the injection has occurred when we use DentalVibe. This simple tool has helped countless patients overcome their fears of dental injections “the needle”, which is why we are so excited to offer it at our practice.
Is DentalVibe only for children?
No, DentalVibe can make anesthetic injections easier for patients of all ages. Fear of needles is common for adults and an estimated 40 million Americans put off getting the dental care they need because they have anxiety about the discomfort involved. You’re not alone if you struggle with this fear and we are happy to use DentalVibe to make your experience at our office more comfortable. In fact, 95 percent of patients who have experienced DentalVibe report that it has changed their view on going to the dentist for the better.
Is there an extra cost for local anesthesia using DentalVibe?
No, there is no extra cost for DentalVibe. We are pleased to offer it free of charge to all of our patients as part of our commitment to providing pain-free dental care.
What procedures is DentalVibe used for?
We can use DentalVibe for any dental procedure that requires local anesthetic (novocaine) injections. Some of the most common procedures include:
- Dental fillings
- Dental implants
- Tooth extractions
- Root canal treatment
If your child dreads getting cavities filled (or if you have been delaying needed dental care for yourself because of a fear of needles), DentalVibe will be a game-changer. Helping children feel more comfortable during dental procedures can save them from decades of dental anxiety, leading to healthier teeth and gums, and even better overall health.
Do all Dentists use DentalVibe?
No, Dr Miller and his team always put their patients’ comfort first and always invest their time and efforts into the newest technology to do this for their families.