A dental surgery in Edinburgh has become one of the first in Scotland to offer “no pain” dentistry, using water lasers instead of the conventional equipment.
Integrated Dentalcare, which has over 1,000 patients in the city centre, hopes to attract people who have previously been afraid of dental appointments to their clinic, with the addition of water laser treatment to their repertoire. Using water lasers reduces the need for needles, blades or drills, which are normally essential for any dental procedures.
Dental practitioner, Neeraj Puri, is always on the look out for new and innovative treatments to introduce in his Edinburgh practice. ‘I spend a lot of time researching the latest techniques and equipment on the market, often travelling to the US and Europe, to ensure that we avoid the fads and gimmicks. At the same time we are very conscious that because of the present economic climate the treatments should be within the reach of everybody.’
‘We see every patient as unique, and offer treatments which are designed to meet their individual needs. We don’t want people to be scared of the dentist, we want our patients to look after their teeth and be proud of their smile.’
He added; ‘For anybody who does not like going to the dentist, this really is an amazing invention, and we definitely believe it is worth the £60,000 investment we have made in it. Everybody who has experienced this treatment has been amazed, and I am just delighted that we are in the fortunate position to offer our patients such fantastic treatment options.’
For the patient, the cost of treatment using the water laser can vary depending on what is needed. The procedure can sometimes work out even cheaper than at a conventional dentists, as no anaesthetic is needed.
Patient Ania Sepiol was one of the first to try out the new procedure and was full of praise for this new type of dentistry.
‘As soon as I was told about the water laser treatment I was very interested, but I found it very hard to believe. After experiencing a lifetime of discomfort and apprehension when visiting the dentist it was hard to imagine this was not going to be just another gimmick.’
‘However, everything I was told was true. There was no pain or discomfort at all. There was no whiny noise of the drill, no vibrations, no injection. In fact, water laser treatment takes away everything you hate about visiting the dentist. Instead it was like someone was spraying your teeth with a gentle stream of water, it was absolutely amazing.’