Painless dentistry has received a lot of buzz in the dental community recently and we are excited to share with you what all the chatter has been about! Since our office began treating patients with a laser instead of conventional drill, we have received nothing but positive reviews and ovation. Laser dentistry is transforming our office and how we treat our patients. Typically in conventional dentistry the use of local anesthesia with a needle and shot is usually necessary so that the patient has no pain. The drill that is used typically causes discomfort from the vibration, heat, and pressure. The end result of a simple filling with the use of a drill causes a numb lip, which often restricts eating and speaking until the anesthetic wears off.
Many of our patients who have been treated with the laser have been pleasantly surprised that in fact it truly is painless! The laser that our dentists use is called the Waterlase Er,Cr:YSGG laser made by Biolase. The Waterlase Er,Cr:YSGG uses laser light and a gentle spray of water- that's it!
Laser dentistry is changing the way our patients view dental visits. Just ask our patient Jennifer Murillo who had work performed by our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Weiner. "When I came in as a new patient for a check-up and cleaning I was told I had numerous cavities. Never having a needle at the dentist's office before I was a little apprehensive. Dr. Weiner was very reassuring that everything would be fine, which it was, but as we talked he mentioned he had gone for training to remove cavities using lasers. I was stunned! He told me it would be coming to the office very soon. I had appointments for three weeks in a row to have the cavities removed- one so deep that I was numb from 3:30pm until almost 9pm that night. On my final visit the laser machine had arrived and I had the option to try it. WOW is all I can say!!! No numbing cream, no shot, no nothing. There was no pain during the procedure that I felt at all. My mouth had to stay very wet for the laser, which made me gag a few times (I can't lie). Once the suction was moved to a better location I wasn't filling up with so much water. When the procedure was completed Dr. Weiner told me I could go right then to eat a steak. Hopefully I can stay cavity free from now on, but if not, the laser is definitely the way to go!"
At Great Neck & Mid-Island Dental Associates we pride ourselves in treating patients with the most up to date technology in our industry. We are so excited at the positive feedback laser dentistry has brought to our office. Please contact us today if you would like more information about this procedure or if you would like to schedule an appointment with us.