It is no secret not only children, but even adults fear going to the dentist; in fact, the American Dental Association (ADA) once addressed this issue by providing a compilation of statistics that spoke to the adult patient’s frequency of visits. The findings revealed that in 2014, 52.3% of adults saw their dentist every six months in the last few years, 15.4% reported once per year, and 11.0% said they went every two to three years. However, most astounding was the fact that an overwhelming 21.3% confessed that it had been quite some time since they have sat in an operatory chair. We could speculate as to why one-in-five adult patients chose to avoid their two annual visits; perhaps they did not have the availability, or maybe it had to do with something else: the fear of encountering the dreaded drill.
Initially, the dental drill revolutionized our industry, but now it is almost thought of as a patient-deterrent rather than a vital tool that prepares the tooth for a restorative procedure. Patients, regardless of age and gender associate the drill with anxiety, fear and pain, which does not help to promote the clinician-patient relationship or the overall experience. Fortunately, patients today don’t have to wince each time one of their appointments approach. Instead, we can all take comfort in knowing that there is finally an alternative to the loud, uncomfortable, intrusive drill and it is called Solea®.
As dentistry’s leading all-tissue laser, Solea is reliably anesthesia-free, blood-free, suture-free, and pain-free. This technology is not just how dentistry is performed by the doctor, it is also creating a relaxed and pleasant experience for the apprehensive patient. So, how exactly does laser dentistry—specifically Solea—change what it means to go to the dentist? Below are three examples.
Injections and numbing
Conventionally, patients who visit their dentist for fillings and other restorations must receive an injection of anesthesia before the work can begin. With Solea, the majority of hard and soft tissue procedures can reliably be accomplished without the administration of an anesthetic agent. This means patients aren’t forced to wait for the injection to kick in, and they also won’t have to deal with the undesirable aftermath, such as the feeling of numbness that affects the entire face and continues to linger for hours afterwards.
Sound and sensation
If there is one thing that evokes uneasiness from patients, it is the distinct sound of the turbine. Truth be told, whether you are the one sitting in the chair or flipping through a magazine in the waiting room, you know the familiar echo of the drill’s “whirr.” In addition to its sound, the intense vibration makes the tool even more unsightly. Solea, on the other hand, is much quieter than the drill, and in many cases the patient cannot tell when the doctor is actually working on a restoration. This allows patients to be more relaxed and experience dentistry like they never knew before.
Faster procedures and fewer visits
Total procedure time when performed with traditional dental drills typically take longer because patients need to be anesthetized; and if there are various restorations needed, more than one appointment is often required. For clinicians who use Solea, multiple-quadrant, single-visit dentistry is a reality. Instead of having to schedule a series of appointments and worry about taking time off from work, patients can usually have all of their dental work completed in just one visit. Patients really love the service that comes with a single visit.
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