Q: My last trip to the dentist was awful. All the shots were painful; especially the one on the roof of my mouth. I remember my old dentist as a kid shaking my lip and cheek to help with this. Why don’t all dentist do this to make the shots less painful?
A: There is great not-so-new technology for getting extremely comfortable shots. I don’t know why all dental offices are not using these hi-tech methods. I imagine even tattoo artists can use these things to make their clients more comfortable too!
And speaking of tattoos… I had a bad flight a few years when I sat behind a large, tall bald man who had the image of his face tattooed to the back of his head. How creepy it was for me to see his “back- face” look down at me every time he tipped his head upwards.
Last Sunday was no better. I don’t know why people travel in flip flops; also called “thongs” in my day (feet not bums). #1: One roll- over by an errant suitcase results in a broken toe and #2: I don’t really want to see anybody’s feet; I have trouble stomaching my own family’s feet.
I watched a guy kick off his flippers on the flight, only to reveal a tattoo of a set of flip-flops ; basically a picture of his footwear was tattooed to his feet. I can only imagine what the TSA staff found on the body scanner on this guy.
To avoid painful shots, seek out an office that uses:
1. The Dentalvibe: a vibrating fork-shaped wand that stops the pain stimulus by vibrating the nerves in the gums and bone around the tooth.
2. The Vibraject: a vibrator that attached directly to the needle to do the same as in number one, but even better for deep nerve block injections on the lower jaw.
3. The CCS (Comfort Control Syringe). An electronic local anesthetic system that resembles an IV pump in a hospital that injects the fluid in slow, controlled increments.
4. Profound: A triple ingredient compound gel to numb the tissues before the above devices are used; if you doc is painting on a gel that takes like Pina colada, mint or fruit, “that aint the right stuff!”
Enjoy your Labor Day weekend; hopefully in closed toe shoes if you’re on a plane.