Monday, July 30, 2018

Dental Anesthesia via Electric Current - The End of Needle Injections?

Iontophoresis – a technique of introducing medicinal compounds into the body through the skin by applying a local electric current.
Fact: It is estimated that nearly 1/3 of the population avoid the dentist or refuse to go because of a fear of needles.
Aside from the obvious “painless” aspect of this revolutionary treatment, there is a plethora of added benefits.
• Reducing pain also reduces fear. This would be especially beneficial to those who are needle phobic.
• There is a markedly lower risk of infection.
• Since the pain relieving drugs are administered by way of electrical current, the drugs are more readily absorbed, thereby possibly reducing the amount of the drug needed to do the procedure and bringing down costs.
• Once the word gets out, dentists may notice a rise in the number of patients they treat.
Of all the technology out there in the medical/dental field, this one seems to me to be the most important. There are so many other ways to use this technique, not just for dentistry.

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