A few years ago, people dreaded going to the dentist for oral treatment because of the pain and agony that came with such procedures. It was even worse if the treatment involved oral surgery. But with the ongoing advancements in medicine and technology, oral surgery has become painless and easy. People’s perception of oral surgery operations has also improved significantly. These improvements are mainly due to advances in anesthesia involving the use of different sedatives to help the patient relax during surgery.
In dentistry, experts are always looking for new and more advanced ways of relieving pain. They are mainly interested in the improvement of anesthetic agents, mode of delivery, and devices involved. Today, new advances make oral surgery painless, reduced the injection pain, and significantly affected its adverse effects. Here are some of the latest advances in anesthesia for oral surgery.
Delivery Devices for Local Anesthesia
Although most dentists still rely on the conventional aspirating syringe to administer local anesthetics, newer devices launch every day to offer better delivery and minimize injection pain. Some of these innovations include vibrotactile devices, jet injectors, computer-controlled local anesthetic delivery systems, Intra-Osseous anesthesia devices, safety dental syringes, among others. Most of these new devices reduce the anxiety and fear caused by injection needles. While some of these devices are manual, others are controlled by computers to regulate the amount of anesthetic solution released in every injection.
Safety Oral Syringes
Safety oral syringes are becoming very common in modern dentistry because of their ability to prevent cases of unintended needle-stick injuries that often happen to dentists and their assistants during and after administration of oral anesthesia. The new syringes come with a casing that covers the needle after injection. These safety syringes include UltraSafe Syringe, HypoSafety Syringe, SafetyWand, RevVac, and Safety Syringe.
The advent of computerized local anesthesia delivery devices has also made it possible for dentists to try different approaches to local anesthesia. Examples include AMSA (anterior middle superior alveolar) and PASA (palatal approach-anterior superior alveolar) nerve block techniques. The AMSA technique targets the canines, premolars and maxillary incisors, delivering anesthesia to the whole hard plate. This technique is beneficial to both the patient and the dentist because it makes the delivery process easy and safe. On the other hand, the PASA technique delivers anesthesia to the six front teeth and the overlying bone. It is also a safe way to administer oral anesthesia. Nevertheless, you have to find a dentist familiar with all these techniques and know-how to exploit them.