The nice thing about when I was a dental assistant was that no one was afraid of me. Now that I am a dentist, when I walk in the room patients look at me like I am a needle wielding maniac… until they get to know me. We advertise painless dentistry, but the injection is still a huge source of fear for our patients.
One technique to minimize injection pain is to give the anesthetic slowly. There have been a couple of computerized systems on the market that give the anesthetic at a slow pace for us. They also have a look that is unfamiliar to patients, so (even thought we try to hide it) they do not get that spike in blood pressure if they sneak a peak. Until now these systems have been clunky machines that take up counter space and have a bunch of wires, hoses, and a foot control.
Recently, we received Dentapen® (Septodont) at the Dental Advisor. This electronic syringe is cordless and battery operated. All the controls are on the handle, so no foot control necessary. You use your own needles and anesthetic carpules as usual. It has 3 injection speeds and 2 modes – continuous flow or gradual increase.
What were the Initial Insights of the Dental Advisor team and our editorial board?
– Super light weight!
– Easy to assemble and we like that you can use your own anesthetic and carpules.
– It takes kind of a long time to reverse after administering the carpule, so if you want to administer more then one carpule you have to sit and wait.
– Comes with 2 extra batteries in the container, which makes us wonder about battery life.
What do our Clinical Evaluators and their patients think about this product once it’s used in their offices? Look for our clinical evaluation in an upcoming issue!