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Dental Wand Anesthesia

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What is Dental Wand Anesthesia?

Rather than using traditional shots and needles, your dentist can use a wand, a pen-like handheld device, to quickly numb your tooth. The pen is attached to a small computer with a cartridge of anesthetic on top. When it's time for your dentist to numb the area, they'll use a foot pedal to turn the machine on while holding the pen on your tooth.

Unlike shots or needles, a dental wand has pressure feedback which will slow down when it meets resistance, alerting the dentist to change the wand's position -  a common cause of dental pain during injections is a dentist pushing down too hard while administering local anesthetic with a traditional needle.

Benefits of Dental Wand Anesthesia

  • Designed for patient comfort
  • Non-threatening, clean, pen-like appearance
  • Precise placement when administering anesthetic
  • Anesthetic is automatically delivered at a consistent flow rate
  • Machine alerts the dentist if there is any resistance during the procedure so they can change the position of the wand

How Can I Find a Dentist Who Uses The Wand?

A dental anesthesia wand can make going to the dentist a lot easier for patients with dental anxiety. Many dentists offer The Wand or a similar handheld numbing device to treat patients that do not want a traditional anesthetic injection.

If you are looking for a dentist that uses The Wand/dental wand anesthesia in Washington , City Smiles DC uses dental wand anesthesia to help make our patients' visits more comfortable. For more information on dental wand anesthesia or to request an appointment, call (202) 223-6300 or schedule an appointment using our online scheduling tool today.