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For many people, describing a trip to the dentist would be similar to their worst nightmare. According to the American Dental Association, approximately 40 MILLION Americans avoid the Dentist every year due to fears of pain and numb gums. Many of us remember the seemingly barbaric approach to fixing a cavity with multiple numbing injections~ we can all clearly see how this would be scary to both children and adult alike. As an adult, we can justify the pain knowing the consequences are far more severe. Children…….well children can not reason (All you Moms know exactly what I mean). Add an Autism diagnosis into the mix, and dental care is just not happening without the use of sedatives.
When I noticed a small in the molar of my daughter Lilly’s tooth, I completely panicked. Her tooth would survive, but would we? My very emotionally unstable child would never handle A. Having tools placed in her mouth B. The loud vibrations and sounds from said tools C. Being separated from her Mother for unknown situation (The new standard for pediatric dentistry includes having parents wait in the lobby…….CRAZINESS!) D. Enduring pain to numb the tooth. I would not survive listening to her fight, scream, and panic her way through the visit. I could not subject her to sedation just to fix a measly little hole. Not to mention, the aftermath of sedation and a numb mouth (and any sensory altering procedure at that) is sensory overload~ as previously discovered after she had her eyes dilated. I just wasn’t sure we could handle all that for 1 cavity. Perhaps we wouldn’t have too. I was able to make contact with Dr. Charles Hoffman, an amazing Dentist out of Jupiter, Florida that is embracing modern technology making dental care a painless process.
This new technology is ……..The Wand. The Wand is a small computer operated device that delivers anthesia to one single tooth at a time. No more unnecessary numbing to surrounding teeth, gums, and lips which means no heaviness in the face or funny speech. The Wand is as small as a pen, and much less intimidating than the traditional needle injector.
The Wand works with only 1 injection, and to only 1 tooth. The Wand releases computer regulated amounts of anthesia, providing anthesia in a pain free manner! Be sure to check out this short clip, to catch The Wand in action! The amazing technology is allowing those with Dentist fears, to now visit dentist and live without fear! After having seen The Wand up close, I don’t see why every Dentist has not switched over. There is no reason to fear if you don’t have too!
My daughters many fears was all dismantled the day of her dental appointment with Dr. Hoffman. The office was very accommodating, clean, and personal. Dr.Charles Hoffman’s dental office is managed by his wife, and we had wonderful conversations at “bedside” while he repaired Lilly’s tooth. I was able to sit next to Lilly during procedure to reassure her, and Dr.Hoffman was very helpful in addressing her needs. I love the personal connection that a small office brings you, and it truly helped make the day enjoyable for Lilly.
I was pleasantly surprised that Lilly handled the visit EXTREMELY well~ with no tantrums or panic attacks. We read books in the lobby about dental appointments and Dr.Hoffman took his time explaining everything to her and allowing her to touch things before he used them. She did amazing which meant that I did amazing! For Autistic children……the Wand makes a trip to the Dentist an entirely new experience!
Are you avoiding a trip to the Dentist out of fear of a painful injection or numb mouth? Check out a list of Dentists in your area that are offering The Wand! If you are a local, you can visit Dr.Charles Hoffman in Jupiter, Florida!
1200 University Blvd.
Jupiter, FL 33458