Fear of visiting the dentist and undergoing oral surgery can make patients reluctant to seek dental care and increase their discomfort when they do. Many Americans suffer from some form of dental anxiety. Oral surgery to treat cavities, infections, broken teeth, and jaw and gingival health issues are among the most common medical procedures.
The use of dental suction unit for treatment is almost always necessary to remove excess saliva and fluids during a dental procedure. Suctioning also maintains a clean oral cavity and can prevent choking and aspiration. For some dental procedures, it is important to isolate individual teeth in addition to suctioning the mouth. A dental dam or cotton roll may be appropriate. Dry-angle absorption, which uses a triangular absorbent pad, may also be helpful.
You must also suction patients when:
They cannot swallow or clear the airway on their own.
Equipment or a tooth breaks, posing an immediate risk of aspiration or choking.
The patient expresses discomfort from accumulating saliva or other fluids.
Although most procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, dental surgery can also be an emergency procedure in the event of an obstructive injury to the teeth or jaws, a serious infection, or an injury that complicates other conditions. Whether performing dental suction in an office, in a hospital, or in an emergency setting, the right technique can lower the risk of complications and ease patient anxiety.
Most dentists would always like a better view of the treatment site. A head-mounted dental light is inadequate for illumination in the restricted space of the mouth with various dental instruments and hands blocking the light. The best solution is to use instruments with an integrated light source that can directly illuminate the treatment site. Instruments with a halogen light transmitted directly to the head of the instrument via glass rods only a few millimetres from the bur have become standard equipment in recent decades. The field of illumination is restricted to the immediate vicinity of the bur.
The first instruments with LED lights (LED = Light Emitting Diode) were manufactured in 2007. With a colour temperature of 5,500 K and a light intensity of 25,000 lux, LEDs provide daylight-quality light directly at the treatment site. The position of the LED on the instrument head provides a wide area of diffuse illumination over the complete treatment area.
In 2009 another innovation was contra-angle handpieces with an LED light that does not require a power supply from the dental unit. The power for the LED is supplied by a generator driven by forced air integrated into the instrument. This generator technology has been successfully used with oral-surgery instruments since 2007.
The first multi-LED light dental turbine unit with a unique 5x-LED ring in the world was presented at the International Dental Show in Cologne in 2013. Five LEDs in the head of the turbine provide 100% shadow-free illumination of the treatment site. This innovation establishes a completely new standard in lighting technology. For the first time the dentist is able to illuminate the preparation site from all angles. The improved view enables more precise work for restoration and prosthetics. The result is less stress and improved quality for both patient and dentist. Light instruments should be sterilisable and thermo washer disinfectable to allow complete integration in the practice and the hygiene process.
The tip of the scaler is a thin tube that sprays cool water.
When held against the tooth, the vibrations bounce against the tooth.
This causes the plaque to break up and come off. The ultrasonic vibrations are so powerful that even hardened tartar breaks off.
The water coming from the scaler then washes the broken debris away.
Traditional manual scaling methods can damage the enamel of the tooth or bother the gums. Ultrasonic scalers don’t have this problem. Using only the vibrations from the scaler, patients can expect a painless cleaning that’s more effective than manual scaling.
Researchers are still finding new ways to use ultrasound at the dentist. Soon we’ll be able to leave our lead smocks behind with the portable dental x-ray machine. Ultrasonic waves are able to assess the integrity and strength of the internal structures of a tooth better than x-ray!
Speak with your dentist about what tools they use for a painless patient experience, as each dentist has different preferences for their tools. Use this as an opportunity to get to know your dentist how they like to work; it’s the first step towards knocking that fear of your dental cleaning!