According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 38% of the adult population in the United States did not visit a dentist in 2013. Of that 38 percent, 21 percent cited “fear” as the cause.
With the innovative, state-of-the-art Wand STA (Single Tooth Anesthesia), patients do not have to fear to go to the dentist anymore. The Wand STA eliminates the pain of the local anesthetics that are injected with a syringe into the gums to numb the mouth during the dental procedure.
The majority of people who have encountered a bad experience at the dentist say it is because of the injection to numb the area of the mouth that will be worked on. What you may not realize is that the pricking of the skin is about as painful as a paper cut. More often than not, the discomfort comes from the rapid flow of the local anesthetic.
The Wand STA is a computer controlled injection. The computer controls the rate at which the local anesthetic flows. The faster the local anesthetic injection flows, the more uncomfortable or painful the injection is. The computer slows the flow of the injection, guaranteeing minimal to no pain for you.
What does treatment with the Wand STA involve?
- The actual handpiece that provides the local anesthetic looks like a pen.
- The STA delivery system looks similar to a small shaped computer.
- A cartridge that contains the local anesthetic sits on top of the computer unit. A tube is connected to the pen that has a very small needle inside.
- The system has two modes: the first one is the regular wand that has three different speeds for injecting the local anesthetic. This mode is used when more than one tooth is being treated. The second mode is the single tooth mode, used to numb just one tooth and prevent the cheek, lips, an entire side of the mouth from becoming numb.
We’re proud to use the Wand STA at our San Jose, CA office. It’s a simple but important tool that allows Dr. Stephanie Loller to help you to maintain excellent oral health.