Article medically reviewed by Dr. Gavin Chan (MBBS, cosmetic physician, liposuctionist)
Templestowe Lower and Berwick Clinics
Dr. Gavin Chan has a background in intensive care, anaesthesia, and emergency medicine. Since 2004, Dr. Chan has provided cosmetic procedures, including anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, liposuction, fat transfer, skin needling, and laser treatments. He is a doctor trainer for various dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections. Read More
Many of us fear going to the dentist. Thinking about that shiny metallic syringe heading towards the mouth can worry even the bravest of people.
Thankfully, some clever people have designed a machine called ‘The Wand’. This is a machine that helps to deliver local anaesthetic injections slowly and precisely, thereby minimising any pain from these injections.
Initially it was designed for use by dentists, but has since been used by other health care professionals such as doctors for the delivery of local anaesthetic for medical/cosmetic procedures. At The Victorian Cosmetic Institute, we have recently taken delivery of several ‘Wands’ to help minimise any pain or discomfort from local anaesthetic injections. We commonly use local anaesethetic injections for numbing areas of the face prior to the injection of dermal fillers. For example, the lips are usually numbed prior to injection with a dermal filler.
The pain that is associated with the injection of local anaesthetics is usually due to the expansion of tissues as the local anaesthetic is infiltrated in. The faster the rate injection, the faster the rate of tissue expansion, and the more pain that is felt. The Wand allows the local anaesthetic to be infiltrated at an extremely slow rate – much slower and much more controlled than possible with most human hands.
Furthermore, the appearance of The Wand’s handpiece is like a pen rather than the usual metallic syringe seen at the dentist.
So for all those with a fear of needles or the dentist, this is a great alternative to the usual methods of local anaesthetic delivery.