49% of adults put off going to the dentist and 22% of adults don’t go at all because of fear. It is our goal to help our patients feel as comfortable as possible to reduce and manage any fear associated with dental treatment. For patient-focused dentistry in Tucson, look no further than Skyline Dental. Whether you come to us for general dentistry, cosmetic or restorative treatment, or orthodontics, we want you to have a pleasant and painless experience. We use state-of-the-art technology to help us achieve this goal.
DentalVibe is a revolutionary tool to make dental injections as pain-free as possible. It works by applying a light vibration to your gums while your dentist injects anesthetic. When your nerves experience the vibration and the injection at the same time, the signal for the vibration blocks out pain signals.
94% of patients included in a study on DentalVibe’s effectiveness said that injections with DentalVibe were less painful than those that did not include vibration. In addition, 95% of patients said that DentalVibe changed their view on going to the dentist and made the process more comfortable.
Calaject is an innovative system that digitally controls the delivery speed of local anesthetic. It makes dental procedures more gentle and patient-friendly.
This tool begins the injection of local analgesia very slowly. Over time, it steadily increases speed. The function of this device is based on scientific research and proven methods to reduce the pain associated with dental injections. Studies show that rapid injection causes more pain because it can lead to swelling of tissue. As a result, slowing the speed of injection can lead to a dramatic increase in your comfort.
The Calaject system is also helpful for single tooth anesthesia of lower molars. This is beneficial because unlike traditional methods, you will retain feeling in the rest of your mouth and face. This reduces the difficulties some patients have with speaking and eating while they recover from dental work.
When a dentist injects anesthetic at room temperature, the difference between the temperature of the injection and the temperature of your body can cause it to sting. At Skyline Dental, we warm our anesthetic to your body temperature. Combined with our other methods for pain reduction, this results in a much more pleasant experience.
Before an injection of local anesthetic, we will sometimes apply topical numbing gel to the area. This reduces the feeling around the injection site. Our dental clinic uses a custom-formulated gel from a local compounding pharmacy. This formula is not commercially available and allows us to reach higher levels of pre-injection numbing.
After a dental procedure, you may have lingering numbness around the site of the anesthetic injection. This can be uncomfortable and may lead to you accidentally biting your lip or having trouble speaking, smiling, and eating. To help reduce this, we use OraVerse. This is an injected medication that has been shown to reverse the effects of local analgesia up to twice as quickly.
For patients with greater dental anxiety, we offer additional options to help you relax for your procedure. Inhaling nitrous oxide can help calm patients with mild anxiety. It is also helpful if you have trouble sitting still for long periods of time.
For patients with severe anxiety or those undergoing extensive dental work, we offer oral conscious sedation. This is a pill that you can take to help you enter a state of relaxation and well-being before a procedure.
We understand that many people have reservations about going to the dentist and we want to help put your mind at ease. Our dental professionals are here to help you in any way that we can. If you have any questions about how we deliver painless injections or about how we can reduce your dental anxiety, do not hesitate to let us know.