Dental research should relief our pain

by Dan

dentist.jpgIt was about time! Is there a more widespread fear as that of going to the dentist? Even more embarrassing is the fact that it torments kids just like grown ups!

This problem should end up soon, though. The Buffalo’s School of Dental Medicine is in fact conducting two studies that should develop no-needle anesthesia and a technique to treat dental cavities without using drills (thanks GOD!).

The first study was funded with $100,000 and it is planning to create a nasal spray capable of numbing the upper teeth. This should eliminate completely the need for injections for any treatment that involves the upper part of your teeth.

The study is being tested with 85 patients, and it will last until March. They researchers are basically trying to establish an optimal dose for the spray to be used as an anesthetic agent. As soon as the results become available it is probable that they will deploy the product to a broader audience.

The second study, funded with $1,500,000, is trying employ an ozone delivering device to substitute the traditional (and dreaded, and hated, and merciless…) drill.

The principal researcher on the studies, Sebastian Ciancio, commented: “”Following application of the ozone, patients will use a remineralizing solution, which strengthens the weakened tooth structure and, in many cases, eliminates the need for any dental drilling,”

The study about the ozone technique is being conducted with 125 patients but it will last 18 months, and only then it will be available for the general public. Make sure you keep washing those teeth regularly therefore, at least for the next year and a half…

Via: La Repubblica (Italian)

7 reviews or comments

dental insurance uk Says: June 4, 2009 at 6:40 am

This sounds great, the nasal spray to take over the dreaded needle, a trip to the dentist will not as fear-full as before, far from it in-fact, the other trials to stop the need for using a drill sounds great, don’t really understand it but I wont be complianing if it works.

Dr. Kathy Frazar DDS Says: May 14, 2012 at 2:50 pm

I’ve heard about no-needle anesthesia. Hopefully we can integrate it soon. There are so many forms of sedation dentistry, and patients should definitely know their options. IV sedation, oral sedation, and nitrous oxide all seem to help with dental anxiety.

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