by Dr. Mitchell A. Josephs
Question: I need some gum work and would like to know if there are any alternative methods to anesthesia to perform the treatment. — ‘Ozzy’ in Boca
Answer: A recent study in the Journal of the American Dental Association proved something that myself and many other dentists have known for a decade: Virtual reality glasses allow patients to have periodontal scaling and root planing (very deep, under the gum line treatment) without any anesthetic needle injections.
The combination of relaxation and distraction not only resulted in less pain, but lower blood pressure levels as well.
These super cool glasses worn by patients make it appear that they are in the 10th row of a movie theater. They are worn like a pair of sunglasses and have ear buds for sound. Patients can flip through cable or bring a favorite DVD to their dentist’s office.
For a copy of this study, contact us www.palmbeachdentist.com