...This FDA registered device is unlike anything I have ever seen before in my 23 years of practicing dentistry and I am interested in the possibilities it may have to impact the comfort and healing of patients who have undergone dental surgery.
Generally, patients going through moderate to extensive dental surgery are prescribed opioids and or antibiotics and sometimes glucocorticoids. Most know that recently there has been a massive spotlight shown on opioid prescribing and the tendency of abuse and overuse. Opioids can be very effective for the management of acute pain; however, they are getting so much negative attention that providers are seeking alternatives, and rightly so.
“Cryotherapy” is nothing new to dentists. For many years we have recommended that patients use ice packs and even bags of frozen vegetables to hold against the side of the face after dental surgery. The cold can reduce inflammation and swelling, as well as slow down nerve conduction, and increase pain tolerance and threshold. Unfortunately, it has never been easy for a dentist to have the cold applied anywhere but outside on the face and not close to or directly intra orally…. until now.
My current observations after having a patient use the Denta-Cool device after full mouth extractions, and maxillary/mandibular full arch dental implant surgery were impressive. The patient who used the Denta-Cool device in conjunction with extraoral application of an ice pack had less pain and swelling than any other patient I have treated with this surgical technique. In addition, the patient described minimal pain and only used opioids for 48 hours after surgery, switching then to acetaminophen and anti-inflammatories.
I am excited to be able to provide a cost effective and easy-to-use solution to patients in my practice who have had to undergo a substantial surgical procedure. And, I am hopeful to furnish more patients with the opportunity to use this device. – Dr. Christian Thomas Yaste, DDS
I had my first and hopefully last root canal. The pain leading to, before, and after was excruciating and in my case prolonged because I was fighting an infection. I don’t take anything for pain outside of Tylenol due to my diet so I really had to steadfast the pain of recovery over 2 weeks. I found Denta-Cool very helpful. It did its job and I’m happy with the result. I can see this definitely being a must have if you have any major dental procedure. – Alex