Do you hate going to the dentist? The needles and the pain -- no fun. Now, there's new laser technology that's helping dentists ditch the drills and giving patients a reason to smile.
It's called "Solea" and it's the only FDA-approved laser for both teeth and gums. Work can be done in multiple quadrants in a single visit, allowing patients to get more done in fewer visits, saving them time and money.
Dr. F. William Taylor is a pediatric dentist at Just 4 Kids Teeth in Hendersonville, Tenn. He's been practicing for more than four decades and says he knows people dread the dental chair.
"Pretty much most people don't like to go to the dentist. Something hurts all the time. Getting your teeth cleaned, you're feeling pain. Crown, root canal. It always hurts," said Taylor.
He's ditched the drill and the needles and instead uses a C02 laser.
"The C02 laser is putting so much energy into the tooth. The nervous system doesn't know it's supposed to be numb. He doesn't know it's supposed to be hurting," said Taylor.
Taylor goes the extra mile to keep his patients at ease. There's even dogs on standby to help calm nerves.
"When somebody sees one of our dogs running around the office it reduces their fear completely," he said.
Taylor said it just makes sense to use this new technology and says patients no longer need to experience vibration, needles and numbness.
Two doctors in Palm Beach County offer this service. Dr. Steve Burman in Jupiter and Dr. Saadia Mohammad in Boca Raton.