Do you remember the first time you went to the dentist to get some cavities filled? I do. I was a little kid, maybe 6 or 7 years old, and I was terrified. You can tell me “It doesn’t hurt more than a mosquito bite” all you want, when you’re a strange man leaning over me about to stick a needle in my gums there’s nothing you could have said to my 6-year-old self that would make it feel better.
I’m an adult now, and it still hurts! Of course, I’ll take the brief sharp pain from the needle over the prolonged torture of unadulterated tooth-drilling… but that doesn’t mean I like it. And it’s not just the puncture of the needle that I hate; it’s also that terribly uncomfortable pressure of the Novocain getting pushed into my blood.
Luckily for me and anyone else who hates getting shots at the dentist, there is a new invention that makes dental injections entirely painless.
That new invention is called the DentalVibe. How does it work? Well, it’s pretty simple. As hinted at by the “vibe” half of this wonderful product’s name, the DentalVibe uses vibration to distract the nerves from feeling the needle slipping in and out. The DentalVibe has two soft plastic vibrating prongs that are placed on the injection site before, during, and after the injection is made. You can’t feel a thing.
And when we say this invention is “new”, we don’t mean the DentalVibe is some experimental new technology that hasn’t been proven yet. Quite the opposite: it’s available now at many offices, and /assets/files/Clinical_Article.pdf have shown that the Dental Vibe is an incredibly effective, side effect-free way of eliminating pain, especially for children. It’s also caught the attention of many major media outlets, drawing praise from ABC News, CBS News, FOX News, and The Huffington Post.
Meet the Creator
Dr. Steven Goldberg, DDS, invented the DentalVibe. He has been concerned about the pain associated with oral injections ever since he was a dentistry student at NYU. The first time he injected a patient with Novocain as part of his student training, he remembers feeling terribly guilty. There this patient was in the clinic, in pain, and to treat him he going to have to inflict more pain with a needle to the gums.
Rather than just wishing there was a better way, Goldberg actually did something about it. He formed Bing Innovations LLC, and, working off the Gate Control Theory of Pain, he developed a device that could take the pain away from dental injections. After much testing and perfecting, that device became the DentalVibe.
DentalVibe is so effective at eliminating pain, Goldberg was even praised by the celebrated psychologist Ronald Melzack himself, one-half of the team that developed the influential Gate Control Theory.
So, what do you think? Would going to a dentist equipped with the DentalVibe make you more likely to get your cavities filled instead of ignoring the problem and letting it get worse? Let us know in the comment section below.