Most individuals hate going to the dentist because of the idea of drilling or having a needle injected to their gums. The most common reason people skip out on dental visits is dental anxiety. That is why the study of different types of anesthetic applications as well as the general topic of sedation dentistry has become popular in the last five years. There is a new anesthetic application that may give patients more options.
In 2010 there was a study in which it could quite possible needle application could be replaced by a spray. This spray could be effective with not only just dental but other issues in dealing with pain. Scientists discovered an improved future location to administer anesthetic, the maxillary sinus; which is a golfball-sized space (American Chemical Society, 2010). This is located below each cheek in which drug can be sprayed. Considering the delivery is into a confined space could mean the next generation approach beyond nasal spray (American Chemical Society, 2010). Not just a nasal spray but a better more comfortable and effective delivery of anesthetic. This could provide a more rapid and focused delivery. This by some is considering this as a future trend for the dental industry (Natl J Maxillofac Surg. 2013). As of 2014 statistical results will be the foundation of the New Drug Application (NDA), which the company plans to submit to the FDA for review in 2014(DentistryIQ, 2014). It is not fully yet out which any individual who cannot stand going to a dentist due to the fear or hate of needles dream come true. For those who wish to follow the progress of this drug can do so by going to st-renatus site. There they post news updates on the progress of getting the spray FDA approved.
For those who don’t want to have a needle stuck in their gums, there is hope. The end game is to make going to the dentist less “horrific” in the general population’s eyes. With advances in sedation dentistry and anesthetic applications, that goal is looking more attainable.