During the nineties, endeavors were undertaken to create a dental anesthesia machine that would combine computer technology with local anesthetic delivery systems that would regulate the rate of movement of the anesthetic solution going through the needle. The dental anesthesia machine that arose became known as computer-controlled local anesthetic delivery (CCLAD). Video Dental is proud to present AcuFlow the latest and most advanced CCLAD yet to be seen in the dental industry. AcuFlow is an autonomous motorized system completely independent of any cord for laser-precise and painless injection of local anesthetic solution. All that needs to be done is place the battery inside to power on AcuFlow. Then press and hold the Up Arrow for just 5 seconds. After that put the ampule into the cartridge and tighten on a needle, enter AcuFlow into the cartridge, and to lock in place just twist clockwise. Just like that, all that is left that needs to be done is to select the proper mode and apply.
The importance of local anesthesia is that it is the foundation of pain management techniques in dentistry. Before the advent of local anesthesia, all medical procedures were quite a painful ordeal in no small sense of the word. Dentistry was essential in the pioneering of the use of local anesthesia in medical procedures. The first person to use any form anesthesia in a dental procedure was Dr. Horace Wells who in 1844 used 100% nitrous oxide before the removal of a molar. From the humble beginnings of Dr. Wells, the use of local anesthesia in dentistry evolved in several phases. The most noteworthy of which was the use of cocaine as local anesthesia, thankfully physicians stopped the use as they began to notice an ever-increasing number of cases of patients dying following the application of cocaine. The culmination of all the different phases of local anesthesia would be the use of Articaine as the gold standard of local anesthesia.
Timeline of the development of pain control and local anesthesia in dentistry:
- 1840s; Nitrous oxide
- 1850s; Chloroform
- 1880s; Cocaine
- 1900s; Procaine
- 1940s; Lidocaine
- 1950s; Mepivacaine
- 1960s; Prilocaine and Bupivacaine
- 1970s; Etidocaine
- 2000s; Articaine
Though local anesthesia is used to prevent pain for patients many dread the application of the local anesthesia because of the fear of pain caused by the injection. Unfortunately, after many years of attempts of finding a competent form of pain control without injection have proven futile. Thus the benefits of an advanced dental anesthesia machine such as AcuFlow becomes apparent because it dramatically relieves the pain and discomfort of patients. Video Dental prides itself in having provided the most advanced digital imaging equipment for dental practices for over the last 25 years. Some of the other pieces of equipment that we provide are Intraoral Cameras, X-Ray Sensors, Panoramic 3d CBCT, and much more.