Below are some annoyances that are handled by modern technology. As technology takes an estimated 13 years to be widely adopted, not all dentists will have these tools of the trade so asking first is a necessity if you are sold on using one of these in your next dentist visit.
Gagging feeling: Many times it feels like a cross between drowning and choking as there are implements crammed in your mouth and water flowing. Not pleasant at all. There is a device from the good people at Isolite that can be inserted in your mouth to push your tongue down and remove the gagging reflex from needing to flex. It may look odd but it helps your dentist finish the procedure faster by keeping the mouth well lit also.
Multiple Visits: If you are ever getting a crown, the old fashioned way is to make an impression of the part of your tooth to be replaced then the impression is shipped off to a dental lab where it is made with the appropriate materials and then shipped back. Many US dentists even send their work to China. This ensures 2-3 visits with the whole process taking at least 2 weeks. Many dentists now are getting high precision crown building machines powered by 3D CAD/CAM software to get the job done in one visit. Machines like CEREC now handle the job in an hour or two with tremendous precision.
Numb feeling after dental work: Ok, this is a good one … did you ever head back to work after a visit to the dentist and enjoy 4 hours of half your face feeling like it is sagging on your shoulder? Well there now is an FDA approved injection that will reduce the length of time numb feeling stays. Oraverse is the injectable that can get you confident for that work meeting right after your procedure.
The Drill: Oh, yes, the drill … everyones favorite. Well do I have news for you, not all dentists need drills. Thats right, drills are not necessary. Dentists can now use dental lasers to work on both gums and teeth. Not all dentists use them as they cost as much as $50,000. They have the added effect of reducing chance of infection, bleeding and the need for anesthetics. Not too shabby huh?
The Whole Scary Experience: Some people are mortified of the dental experience or the thought of going through it might be keeping a few people away from just handling their teeth. If the fear factor is so high that it stops or interferes with the ability to get your dental handled i.e. just showing up, there is sedation dentistry that allows you to be fully or partially knocked out for the procedure. Basically sleep through the whole thing.