Changing the patient experience: Using a CO(2) laser to remove an amalgam dental restoration without anesthesia
Benefits of a CO2 laser
Could you imagine being able to practice in a way where the use of injections and anesthesia were a rare occurrence in your practice for practically any procedure you perform? This is a reality with the use of the dental laser (Convergent Dental), the only computer-aided, CO2 laser system cleared by the FDA for all tissue indications. Dentists can easily and reliably complete nearly any procedure traditionally performed with conventional instruments—but without the need for anesthesia.
Unlike other lasers that chip away at hard tissue, 9.3 µm CO2 lasers gently “vaporize” tissue, offering a virtually blood-free, suture-free, and pain-free patient experience. From a simple cavity prep, to gingivectomies and frenectomies, I use my laser for almost every procedure imaginable for most patients. Not only will your adult patients no longer dread coming to see you for their scheduled procedures, but you'll also find that the laser is a great alternative for use on pediatric patients.
This laser is a huge game changer over traditional instruments. Eliminating anesthesia greatly increases the comfort level of patients, especially those with anxiety and fear of needles. Restorative procedures take less time, and both kids and adults leave my office happy, without any numbness. Post-op healing time is dramatically decreased as well.
The use of a 9.3 µm CO2 laser makes patients more comfortable about accepting treatment while also bringing many time-saving and financial benefits to my practice. Previously, I had to perform most of my procedures by injecting patients with anesthetic, waiting for the anesthesia to take effect, and then managing the bleeding even on simple surgical procedures. Now, only rarely do I use a needle during most of my procedures; consequently, my productivity has reached new levels.